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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
i just picked up FLIGHT volume 6. featuring stories by 15 artists all put together in a nice and concise package. its not my favorite edition of the flight series, and that was really mainly due to the visual impact not being as strong as some of the past collections. i'm the kind of comic/graphic novel fan that is more visually stimulated, so even if its a great story, i'm not as likely to be into it if the art doesn't really capture me. i still did enjoy it despite the short comings in some of the artwork, and my favorite story is the very first story in the book, "the saga of rex:soulmates" by michel gagne. its a sweet tale (sans words/captions which is a style i tend to really like) about rex the fox and his journey with his soulmate through space and time. def really cute. pick this up.
-LAST DAY OF ASSHOLE DOWNSTAIRS NEIGHBORS!!!! thank god!!!!! 3 years of their shit is finally over. see you and your mongrel children fucking later!
-the bank down the street from my house was ROBBED yesterday!!!! wtf?!? in my teeny tiny, quiet town where NOTHING EVER HAPPENS, a fucking bank less than a mile from me was robbed!!!! WTTTTTTFFFFFFFF?!?!?! my roomie and i were driving by and saw a ton of cop cars and police tape surrounding the whole property and i said..."that shit had to have been robbed", and he said "well...yeah maybe" and sure enough, someone at work told me about it this morning that she had seen it on the news. DAAAAMN!!!! i go to that bank all the time!!! and they're all so nice! well the one lady isn't that nice (haha) but the other lady is really super nice...but really... what the hell!?! scary shit, and not much info is out there regarding it, but from what i know, no one was hurt which is the important thing. i suspect lady gaga was the culprit. she remains at large. (the real suspects are still at large which does not make me feel all that safe, but hopefully they'll be aprehended soon before they can act again)
-the pain meds the dr. gave me (super strength naproxen sodium aka aleve) are making me feel like shit. great. i'm going to stop taking them and switch back to ibuprophen
-i'm over some people that i work with. really. tired of the BS and never being good enough, so whatevs to them.
-i just got a few new tristeza songs. i didn't know they had released an extended version of "a colores" with an additional 5 songs, including a remix of one of my favorite songs by them "abrazo distante" (which is spanish for "distant embrace" and from which i got the name of my other blog which you should check out!). i need to get their newest album "fate unfolds" and then i can report back on it. http://www.trstz.com/
-i'm excited that there are finally some new tunes from fuzzy shoegazers, she sir. i first heard them in...2006 i think and got their "who can't say yes" ep but haven't heard much from them since, mainly because they haven't really done anything since! haha. but they have some new tunes out now on the "yens" 7" its also available to DL from itunes and some other online carriers. i streamed the songs and am going to DL them as well. def good, but not much of an evolution from their past work. and at a scant 4 songs, it left me disappointed in that respect as well. i really want them to make some substantial new stuff! get on it she sir! haha. we'll see what the coming year brings from them as it looks like they have some upcoming shows in texas as well. i wouldn't mind seeing them if they come up this way. check them out at their myspace.
-i went to the ice cream place by my house today despite not feeling great (hey, i thought it would help! it def helped my mood and cheered me up some) and the nicest older couple owns it. the wife does everything and the little old husband shuffles around with his spiffy red apron on. haha. they have a grand piano in there that he sometimes plays, but i haven't actually witnessed it (my roomie has). but every time i go there, i wonder how they hell they stay in business cuz i NEVER see any other customers in there....i've seen a total of 2 or 3 other people go in there in all the times i've been in there. today i had a thought that might explain it...and that is...that maybe its some random ice cream place that is actually in another dimension that only steve (roomie) and i can cross over into. hahahahaha. i've decided i'm going to stake the place out to find out what's up with that. so if you are driving through my little town and see me in the bushes with binoculars, eating a waffle cone with vanilla softserve and rainbow sprinkles, pay me no mind! hahahaha.
-i went shopping last night and got 2 new shirts for work. i like how spiffy i look in my button up shirts! i'm make a concerted effort to wear long sleeves everyday (for real this time, i tried before but didn't stick to it) so i can cover my tattoos and look more professional. as professional as an overgrown little boy dyke with full sleeves can look that is. hahaha. now i just need to get on wearing properly hemmed pants. i think every pair of pants i own except 2 have to be rolled up. its been that way for the last 15 years. i clearly am a fashion diva, what can i say?
-i don't have to work tomorrow and that is a glorious thing.
FY fucking I!!!!
if anyone is ever interested in getting music from any of the bands i mention on here, wants to share anything you think i'd like, or just wants to chat it up about good tunes, message/comment to me. i'd love suggestions from people, and i can also help point you in the right direction or even send you some shit for sampling purposes. i love to share new music with people, and i have a pretty massive music collection, so don't be shy!
Monday, March 29, 2010
yeah so....you NEED to get this album. i loved bonobo before i heard this record, but now i love him even more. for those who don't know, bonobo is the work of british dj/producer simon green who is a master of making complex, fully textured, downtempo, mostly electro music that has an uncanny and amazing ability to sneak right underneath my skin and into my soul. i was really excited to hear this new album, and since DLing it the other day, i have literally not been able to stop listening to it. i've read a few reviews for this that were kind of lukewarm, and i can kind of see what they're saying...this album isn't super earth shattering and is not a huge departure from his earlier work, but really, that doesn't bother me in the least. i can honestly say there isn't a bad song in the bunch, my favorite tracks being, "eyesdown," we could forever," "1009," and "kiara" here is a review i snagged from Limewire Music Blog.
With so many electronic producers shooting for the pop stars — and often sacrificing integrity along the way — it’s refreshing to hear some veteran beat masters still pushing creative boundaries. Britain’s Bonobo (born Simon Green) represents the Ninja Tune stable well with this multi-layered serving of alt-hop, chillout, nu jazz and digi-soul. “The Keeper” is a sultry after-hours headbobber that features the psyche-soothing crooning of newcomer Andreya Triana. The Brighton, England-bred songstress also breathes visceral life into “Eyesdown,” a scratchy, downtempo number tailor-made for a long ride along a sun-splashed coast. On “Stay the Same,” she sounds like a breathy mix of Björk and Dessa. But Bonobo doesn’t lean too heavily on guest vocalists. “El Toro” is a gorgeous, instrumental hip-hop symphony with a subtle Latin feel. “We Could Forever” has a similarly slinky vibe and an infectious, ultra lounge-ready groove. And that’s the rub here: in the vein of Moby, Sixtoo or RJD2, he creates introspective compositions using a jazzy mix of organic instrumentation, soft synths and snappy but not overpowering percussion. It may not land him a Lady Gaga remix, but that’s not always the point. After all, someone’s got to create tunes for the morning after.
http://www.youtube.com/bonobovideos (see the new video for "eyesdown" among lots of others)
bonobo will be on tour in the US during the month of april before heading to europe.
so...my ankle still fucking hurts and since i'm walking all weird, i'm pulling everything else out of alignment and its making my knee and hip really hurt. i went to the doctor today to get checked out and they advised that i go on light duty at work for a week. no prolonged walking or standing for more than an hour at a time. i thought that was a little crazy, but i guess it'll help me get better though my job is so not fit for light duty. haha. i supervise people unloading and stocking trucks! lots of fast paced moving and lifting. i don't know how to take it easy! ggrrrrrrr
-ricky martin announced today that he's gay. well fucking DUH!!!! oh wait, i mean i'm SHOCKEDDDD!!!!!! completely and totally and UTTERLY SHOCKED BY THIS REVELATION!!!!
-i need to get on my roomie to start filming our silly "talk show" again so we can have new posts on our little internet "tv station" aka blog. if you wanna see past episodes go to jinkitv.blogspot.com
-i watched the movie "9" today (produced by mr. tim burton himself) and thought it was pretty good. cute, sad, inspiring in a way.
-in addition to the "real" HOOS stickers that are forthcoming, i made a stencil and have been spray painting little mini labels...and my kitchen table. i'll have them around with me at shows and shit. and if you come over for dinner too. haha
-GO AWAY RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-catherine wheel's first album "ferment" is being re-issued this week with 6 bonus tracks. i'm gonna have to snag that.
-jawbreaker's first album "unfun" is being re-issued this week on drummer adam pfhalers label blackball. it will be available on vinyl for the first time since 1992 and will feature the original 12 song track listing. the cd and mp3 release will feature bonus materials in the liner notes (pics, etc) and bonus tracks, aka the songs from the "whack and blight" ep and the 7" version of "busy" (all of which i'm almost positive i already have...if not, looks like i'll be snagging this one too). i rarely buy cd's anymore but i'm kind of tempted to pic this up for the expanded liner notes and for nostalgia's sake....we'll see. http://blackballrecords.com/
i want a vocoder. who wants to buy one for me?
the above pic is an early 70s vocoder custom built for kraftwerk. the wiki page on vocoder's was really interesting and informative. i had no idea they dated back as far as the do (to the 1930s) and had much purpose other than to be used by 80s bands. haha. but seriously it was a good read so go check it out. duh!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
i found this picture randomly on my computer and i don't know why i have it. i mean...i know its a fucking rad picture but i don't know how i came to have it. haha. i don't know who this band is and couldn't find really find anything when i did a google search. i found the image linked to a myspace page for a band called Zumm Zumm but then this pic was not actually on the page and no mention of the record was made. so i don't know what the hell is up with this or why i have it or whatev but i know its a fucking funny ass picture (and maybe even tattoo-worthy with some modifications. i love sharks!). one cool thing is that i did come across a posting on a band called shark toys and was able to find a song by them called "stayed up" and i def liked what i heard. they're a super cute and lofi-ish boy/girl band, something i would have gone nuts for 10 years ago, and still struck a chord with me today. i'm gonna try to track down more of their shit for sure. check them out at their myspace page.
-i bought a really good brace for my foot/ankle, and its even eco friendly as it is made with 67% recycled materials. its doing a good job of supporting my foot (thats what hurts the most actually) and hell, it was even on clearance. go being green and getting a good deal! haha www.muellersportsmed.com
-my friend luca posted the documentary the future of food on her facebook today and i took some time out to watch it this afternoon. a film by deborah koons garcia, it's about genetically modified foods, corporate control over what we eat, and the total impact on world agriculture. it was dry but very informative and actually scary when you really think about it in depth. it didn't leave you with many options of what to do next to avoid GMO and BT foods though, which i thought would have helped drive the message home more. still worth checking out http://www.thefutureoffood.com/ (you can see it on HULU) and you can check out http://www.safe-food.org/ for options on what IS safe to eat. (i need to really investigate this more...i owe it to myself cuz i have had a bad diet for way too long)
-i got my astrological chart done and had tarot cards read today. very interesting indeed. lots of things to think about.
-i can't wait til the neighbors are gone...only 3 more days! YESSSSSS!!!!!! i'm looking for a new place as well...though not having much luck since most of the places we've called about don't allow pets. f that! i want a bigger place...i suppose i could stand it here another year, but it'd sure be nice to get a new place where i can work again and not worry about getting paint all over the kitchen(i had to give up my studio when my roomie moved in)
-i'm 9 songs away from breaking 14,000 songs on my ipod. oooh!
-i just ordered some comics from top shelf productions, home of jeremy tinder ("black ghost apple factory", "robots don't say i love you" 2 of my all time favorite comic shorts), james kochalka ("johnny boo" sooo super cute and perfect for kids) and andy runton ("owly" which is also super cute and good for kids. i love it because it is sans words) among a slew of other artists. they get the hoos seal of approval so check em out! http://www.topshelfcomix.com/
Saturday, March 27, 2010
i went to the closing of inventionREinvention at art house tonight (i had work in the show) and saw some pretty rad shit. i saw one artist, diane ritter, who makes art out of old 3.5" floppy disks which i was immediately drawn to. i def liked what i saw and checked out her website cuz its an awesome idea. i don't like every single piece she has on her site (def not a fan of the animal print painted disks), and thought the layout of the site was a little cheesy and outdated, but what i saw in person at the show was really good and some of what she has on the site is great too (i like the abstract, "drippy" pieces way better). i've also experimented in the past with making things with the even older 5.25" ones and even used one as an envelope to mail a small package once. i've got quite a few old, outmoded goodies laying around my house that are begging to be made into art. i've got loads of tapes, the above mentioned 5.25" floppy disks, old circuit boards, and my roomie thinks he may be able to talk to his dad (who was a computer programmer for years) to get me the even more archaic 1970s version of the floppy disk which was 8" in diameter. shit son! anyway....check out these links for more info on diane ritter's disk art, art house productions, and the wiki page on the history of floppy disks (very interesting!)
-falling off of a ladder at work yesterday and twisting my ankle pretty bad. ugh. fortunately i was on the last rung but its still super annoying. and it hurts too! it was so bad right after i did it, but i got a lot of sleep yesterday and iced it up so that helped a great deal which is good. and of course its very good that its just a sprain cuz it could have been worse, i could have broken it, so i'm thankful for that cuz i would have had to miss a lot of work in that case.
-accidentally texting a response to an inside roomie/sarah silverman joke to the wrong person, which when taken out of context, seems pretty mean and rotten. oops!
-drooling while eating wheat thins. sexy time! you know i love me my wheat thins...perhaps a little too much!
-the show at the loop lounge last night was fun times! i met some new peeps, hung out with some rad friends, and sold a few small things. all whilst hobbling around on my gimpy ankle!
-i heart bonobo. def one of my favorite bands, and you should heart them too. he/they have a new album coming out on tuesday, "black sands" i just got it and upon first listen, its really fucking good (especially "eyesdown"). i need to now give it a deeper listen because music of this caliber deserves nothing less. i will post my thoughts soon. go to http://www.bonobomusic.com/ for a free DL of "eyesdown" (warrior one remix)
-why is it getting colder again? i disapprove of this. strongly.
-my current trusty moleskine is almost full and i'll be ready to start a new one. lemme tell you, you can't beat those little notebooks. i have spent the better part of the last 10 years with one constantly with me, and i don't care how digital this world ever becomes, i'll never give them up. i look back at my old ones and see a map of months and years past...things i did, lists i made, songs for mix cd's, notes my ex snuck in there on blank pages for me to discover later, random ideas....sigh! haha. hoosy memory lane! haha. i switched to the smaller ones some time ago, and i just recently saw and even smaller version at the bookstore, i might just have to pick those up! (i just dug out one from 2006 and found a macho man valentine card tucked inside. hahahaha. i'm gonna have to scan that one!)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
yeah, that's right, unicorns are fucking awesome! and especially fucked up, very badly drawn ones. haha. i can't draw to save my life but there are just times i don't care and ignore that fact so i can create fucking genius, brilliant MASTERPIECES like the picture above. hell yeah! i was bored before and doodling badly in my sketchbook and the above beautiful mystical beast appeared before me. it was truly a moment of clarity for me. HAHAHA. anyway, i love when people find out i'm an artist and then see i have a lot of tattoos....i will then almost ALWAYS be instantly asked to draw a tattoo for said person. i get a lot of strange looks when i tell people i don't draw and get "but you said you're an artist" yeah, i am. one who doesn't draw! (and hence the reason why i will never be a tattoo artist, another question i get asked a lot...if i am one or i'm going to be one) haha. i'd like to get better at it cuz i do like it, and it keeps me focused, but i never really have the time to devote to practicing to get any better. and i love making abstract work too much so...i guess i'll just have to live with being a shitty drawer for the rest of my life. haha. maybe if i get more time i'll work on it more.
-i devote way too much time to my music collection and making sure my itunes is arranged perfectly the way i want it. i have the most anally organized ipod i've ever encountered, based on all meticulously put together playlists and never get why people scroll through the artists when i'm like "but i have a PLAYLIST that's PERFECT!!!" haha. i made a super nifty black moth super rainbow mix today which makes me happy. i also have a few cd's given to me that i need to upload and some RAR files to unzip. i'm behind on updating the collection! i could spend months working on getting the rest of my shit together and still not be done...aka...all the vinyl, cd's, and tapes i still have from over the years.
-less than a week til the sceeeeeavies downstairs are gone. they're blasting type o negative right now which is at least something good for a change. still i can't wait til they are O-U-T! gooooood fucking BYE!!!!
-blueberry nutrigrain bars are particularly rad. someone at work gave me one today and it was super good. i went and bought a box, shit yeah! (i have the worst diet ever...at least i can pretend this is something healthy for me)
-i finished reading love is a mixtape today. its such bullshit when people die. and especially die young. i know all too well and i hate that i do. it made me really sad but happy at the same time to read it. and now i will return to full dork mode and continue reading more star wars continuation books.
-the hoos stickers are coming along....i think i'll make a few designs and print some on paper and some on vinyl. we shall see.
this is an interrobang and because i'm a dork, i really like weird and random things like this. i'm excited because i found a font in word that i can type an interrobang with. that being wingding's 2. there are other fonts that supposedly do it too but you have to type in a code and shit i haven't had much luck pulling it off yet. and what may you ask is the purpose of an interrobang? it is an actual punctuation mark in the english language, though it is rarely used and most people have never heard of it. you would use it to punctuate a sentence such as "what the fuck is wrong with you!?" in place of using a separate INTERROgation point (formal for question mark) and a separate BANG (printer's slang for an exclamation point). the wikipedia entry on it is pretty good and gives the history of its creation and usage, though again, most people are stumped when i lay this one on them. i have an interrobang tattooed on my right arm, and am thinking about getting another smaller one elsewhere. this is also a contender for part of the new hoos sticker design. ooooh!
(and an interesting note...the word interrobang is apparently not in my computer's lexicon because it kicks back as in incorrectly spelled word in spellcheck and then offers up completely different words in its place. hmmm...interesting!)
i have work in this show at the loop lounge on friday...thats TOMORROW!!!! message me for details/directions, etc. DUH!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
behold! the fantastic art of my friend erica resnick! i first saw her work at a show at the loop lounge in late january and immediately liked what i saw and snagged her card. i was then lucky enough to randomly meet ms. resnick at a planning meeting for the digable art fest , become friends with her, and then get to share a space with her this past weekend at the fest (and for her to GIVE me one of her pieces! score!)suprisingly, she is a newcomer to the art scene, though you wouldn't know it from seeing the fine craft of her work. she does mainly "through the viewfinder" photography with a digital camera/kodak duaflex combo and skillfully mounts the beautiful, soft focus images on wood and other found surfaces creating unique pieces. she also uses various glazes and burning effects on the photographs themselves and also on the surface she uses to mount them on to create a roughness which balances perfectly with the softness of the images. i find her work to be raw and really inspiring, and as a former photographer who has turned more to painting and collage work in recent years, its making me want to pick up my old ways, as well as break out my old cameras and start playing. i still have a pretty sizeable collection of old pre-35mm format film cameras, including several twin lens reflex cameras which would be perfect for through the viewfinder experimenting. she has a new show in the works, though no details yet, but i will be sure to share them as soon as i know them. for now, you can check out her website (follow the link on my list to reach it). we also have an art/photo playdate planned soon and i'm suuuuper excited! this is what i love most about being an artist...meeting new people and being inspired by them (and maybe inspiring them too? idk. haha) and then going out and CREATING. its what i live for. srsly!
anyone who knows me knows that i hate hummers (for a short time i had a blog devoted to it in fact!). my friend jaden just sent me a link to an article from the washington post which had me overjoyed. why you may ask? because GM is discontinuing them!!! i'm more than happy to see those rolling coffins go and thnk it should have come way sooner. why do you need a car that big? i mean, really? do you really need to drive little timmy to soccer practice in a tank or hit up the drive-thru in a behemoth of a vehicle? i think not. (also in the article was a little history of the brand and the intimate involvement of arnold the governator in making the hummer become a reality and his love affair over the years)
check it here...http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/26/AR2010022603248.html?sid=ST2010022605053
-my sinuses are bothering me. f that.
- i found retrothing.com just before. a cute blog about old school and outdated technology. definately fun but i wish the articles were a little more in-depth.
-i'm in the process of designing new HOOS stickers. i think i may just play it plain...but i'm not sure yet. i'm also toying with the idea of incorporating schematics again or maybe...something else. we shall see! i'll release the new design once i have it nailed down and then i'll get the order in to the printer so i can start plastering the universe with them! haha (i can get 10,000 for like $700. haha. i'm not going to get THAT many cuz i can't afford it, but it would be rad if i could)
-ever get the feeling that you can't win? yep. thats how i feel at work right now. sigh. i just need to let go and remember that its just a job but it never is for me. i care too much and want things to work so much that i get myself nuts. grrr!
-new issue of juxtapoz out now.
-currently reading love is a mixtape which has a pretty personal significance to me. its a good read so far. sad. inspiring. a tale of love and loss that i can relate to more than i ever wanted to.
hoosatron's songs of the day
smashing pumpkins- cherub rock (i was never a big SP fan, but this track from "siamese dream" just gets to me and makes me wonder what if all the SP songs were this good)
jet black crayon- monday (i can't resist complicated instrumental music)
black moth super rainbow- twin of myself (they never cease to amaze me or stop getting under my skin)
gorillaz-dare ("its coming up, its coming up..."
i know they mean a better life. i just know it! in the meantime, i'll settle for the one i have with some good catchy songs like this populating it)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
the new gorillaz record came out a few weeks ago. i got a it a few weeks before that and gave it a precursory listen but hadn't really gotten into it until about a week ago. i suppose i had mixed feelings about it at first and didn't know where to really place it in my head. its not quite as catchy or even easily accessible as their previous releases, and harder to pin down, though after a few listens it grew on me. i'm not usually troubled by something that's a little on the denser side and requires some deeper listening and thats actually what i've come to really like about this record, that while it is definitely the gorillaz work, it is just different enough to make it special and not a regurgitation of the first 2 albums (which would have been an easy trap for a band their size to fall into on a 3rd record, though see the last part of this for my one beef with this record). its definitely more mellow than their first 2 efforts ("glitter freeze," and "on melancholy hill" in particular), again not an issue for me, though i wonder how that will fare with the more hit conscious masses who are used to dancier gorillaz outings. i think i'm probably not the only person who felt a little initial confusion over where to place this record as i haven't really even heard any of the new songs on the radio (i listen to the radio at work) and in fact heard a commercial advertising the album and a contest to win tickets to an upcoming show and the station was playing all older songs and nothing from the new record! while it is overall a good record, in the end i think it will appeal more to music dorks like me, and won't fare as commercially well as their previous output, especially "demon days." the album also features a good number of guest stars, including lou reed, mos def, and bobby womack among others. a few of my favorite tracks are "orchestral intro," "stylo," "rhinestone eyes," "broken," and "pirate jet." i'd say the only track i have any real issue with is "superfast jellyfish," which is a decent enough song...until you listen to it a little closer and realize that it sounds strikingly similar to their hit "dare" that being because the underlying beat/rhythm is pretty much exactly the same which honestly was disappointing to me that they would blatently re-use something and especially from a previous hit song. its the only hitch in an otherwise pretty okay album. not great, but pretty darn good, and thats enough for me.
-buzz aldrin is on dancing with the stars? hmmm...not exactly a career move i saw coming for the 2nd man to walk on the moon. just saying.
-i had the day off yesterday and ended up seeing the tail end of a get-rich quick infomercial. i'm now going to embark on a weird obscure "note listing" career so i can make "thousands in extra income!" in my spare time and hopefully get my shot at being on the next infomercial. but really...i don't get it. do people actually order these bizarre things? i've never met anyone in real life who has...i don't get it.
-tired of the gloomy weather
-it is confirmed! though i was at one point fooled into thinking the opposite, the douche bag neighbors are in fact moving out! YESSSSSSSS!!!!!! (unfortunately that knowledge became known as fact to me because i actually had to talk to the yucky mom but whatevs, they'll be gone in a week! they offered me their cat...who has been visiting at my window recently and is really cute...i'm tempted...i don't know)
-i was reading a blurb on yahoo news just now and it seems that over the centuries as people have been painting the last supper, jesus and his crew have been getting bigger and bigger portions indicating a trend in super-sizing that may have been more long standing than previously thought. really? so even jesus is getting fat along with the rest of us. but really, did we need a deeper analyzation of religious art work (the size of the main portion grew by 69% while the bread increased by 23% and the plates by 66%. really?) to tell us this or do we just need to open our eyes and take a look around us? shit.
-speaking of food...strawberry frosted mini-wheats are good. really fucking good.
THIS friday, i have work in this show! come check it out and help support a good cause at the same time!
i participated in the DIGABLE ART FESTIVAL this past weekend and it was AWESOME. i met a lot of people (and ran into a few old friends which was really nice suprise!) and had good success in getting my work out there. in addition, there was so much great work by a lot of artists that i want to share and i will def do so. the first thing i want to plug comes via the art collective, the a-team (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ateam-art), who i was lucky enough to share a space with. i was in "the poker room" along with my friends erica resnick, and m.h. yaghooti and the a-team had an installation in an attached side room. it was perfect in its layout, guests could see the 3 of us first and then step into, and be imersed in, their full room concept. i have a few pics to share, though they don't do it justice. every time i went in to look at the art, i saw something new i hadn't seen before and i'm sure there are things i missed. i'm def going to keep up on when they're showing again as a group and as individuals so i can continue to follow them. anyway, here are some pics....sorry i don't have more but they have tons on their photostream to check out.
Monday, March 15, 2010
i came to this realization today after watching my roommate waste hours playing the horribly boring RPG game, fatal labrynth, or as i like to call it, "bootleg zelda" its kinda crazy how insanely different the world has become in such a short time. and video games sure as hell have progressed beyond that crappy game. i remember around the time that this super rad game came out, my uncle bringing an atari home computer to my house and him describing the small non-descript tan box he plugged in and sat next to the CPU (it was a modem! though not the kind that was old enough to have to have a phone put on it to dial). as he described it, this box would enable me to talk to him on the computer through the phone lines. i remember in my childlike state thinking that that was the stupidest thing i'd ever heard and wondering why i wouldn't just call him on the phone or go visit him if i wanted to talk to him. why get the computer involved?
now we've moved beyond mere phone lines to communicate through and i-along with most other people in the modern world-can't imagine living without the internet (or using it on an inferior dial up connection). in a way, its nice to be just old enough to have known the pre-internet/digital world and what it was like to live in a time when everything wasn't so insanely super-saturated (though mass culture was definately trending that way of course) and you didn't turn to a computer for all the answers. and imagine... everyone and their mother didn't have a cellphone attached to them at all times. i mean i know i'm too young to know what it was like to completely be free of that stuff (as much of the technology did actually exist albeit not to the masses and in infantile forms), but i can't imagine people who are 10 years or more younger than i am who have no memory of looking something up in an encyclopedia britanica or on micro fiche in a library and not just googling it...or who have little to no memory of rotary phones (yes i had them in my life as a child) and a time when people actually knew each other's phone numbers and even *GASP* mailed letters to one another or used film to take pictures.
i'm waxing nostalgic now...but is it not true? we've come a long way in 20 short years and our culture has gone through massive shifts to the point where just a generation behind me, people 5-10-15 years younger than me are being educated in and are experiencing life/culture in a world vastly different than the one i grew up in as they were being born. as i'm getting closer and closer to 30 everyday, i guess i'm just realizing it more and more. and yes, i do have grey hair. more all the time. ha!
(and what starting me on this tangent? ah yes! fatal labrynth! the game was originally released in 1990 and if you so desire to know the history of it and what systems it was available on-i'm a HUGE dork so of course i wanted to know cuz i just love to know the origin of shit- you can google it and get the wikipedia page. and if you so desire to indulge in a little bootleg zelda, you can play it on XBOX360 or PS3. as for me...i think i'll pass and leave the fun all to my roomie.
hoosatron's songs of the day....
depeche mode-enjoy the silence (another gem from 1990..and this one is actually a good one. haha. so digging this lately and i don't know why)
black moth super rainbow- twin of myself (sigh....)
hot chelle rae- i like to dance (a catchy, dancy guilty pleasure kind of tune by a band with a large amount of time and money invested in bad hair)
daft punk- human after all (yes indeed, we all are)
death cab for cutie- meet me on the equinox (i'm a sucker for death cab. i always have been, i always will be. ben gibbard and co. write some catchy tunes, i can't help it!)
-i like eating oatmeal at random times of the day. its a fact.
-i don't think the downstairs neighbors are actually moving out. they just fooled me by having a bunch of boxes mixed in with the normal shit they have laying all over their front portch. damn.
-rain sucks. a lot. and a lot of rain sucks....well a lot more.
-i need to learn to actually sleep (3 hours a night ain't cutting it anymore)
-we're having a psuedo aqua teen marathon at my house. we've made it up to season 3 so far. we will culminate with watching the movie once we get thru the rest of the seasons.
-i love rocket pops. you know you do too.
-i'm excited about scoring "the story of english: how the english language conquered the world" by philip gooden. i'm a big language nerd (not that i can speak much other than english, but i'm always curious) and am really interested in the history of english and how its changed and evolved over the centuries...and especially what is currently happening to it now with the insane media/communication culture we all seem to thrive on. how is this very blog and the text messages i sent/received today helping to tear it apart? hmmmmmmmm
-speaking of books...its been a while since i've browsed through the selections available from ak press, the anarchist and radical book distributor. i need to get on that. i've been reading a lot of fiction lately (okay...star wars fiction to be correct. i told you all, i'm a HUGE dork!) and am looking to move to some more substantial, non-fiction. i figure i'll start with the english history book and take it from there.
THIS WEEKEND! don't be a fool, come check it out! tons of art, music, and crafts to be had and there's even FREE parking. now where else in hoboken are you going to find free parking that isn't a hassle? huh? that's right, nowhere!
Friday, March 12, 2010
it is one of those nights...i need me my BMSR fix. oh how i love them so. i'm also very much in love with the solo album by tobacco (BMSR vocalist/head honcho), "fucked up friends" i'm super happy to have just found out that he has a new album coming out in may, "maniac meat" i can't wait to get my hands on it and am also interested to hear what his collaboration with beck will sound like.
since i still can't get this damn shit figured out with posting proper links and crap (any help?) go to their website and snag some free mp3s (just BMSR tho, no tobacco solo). they have 13 tracks posted, a few of which are live tracks i actually didn't have, and one of my favorite BMSR songs, "sun lips" to which this post owes its name. DL these immediately if you know whats good for you!
i posted some info at abrazo distante about current and upcoming art shows i'm doing...follow the link...check it out...see you at the shows.
i used part of my tax return to buy a new digital SLR today. i've been wanting to get a new one for a while and i'm excited to finally have it. i can't wait til i can get some time to go out and explore cuz its been far too long since i've been actively photographing and poking around all the time like i used to. all work and no play. sigh...i feel like i've been neglecting my art all around. its a bad feeling. i need to get on that. i think it'll help clear my head and help me feel better. its just finding the time. being grown up really sucks sometimes. boo!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
i discovered ataxia a few days ago while poking around on the good ol interwebs. being a huge fugazi fan i was initially attracted to them when i saw that fugazi bassist joe lally (http://www.joelally.com/) had participated in this project. they were pretty short lived and from what i can find, they only recorded 11 songs and played just 2 live sets. the songs were released over 2 separate 5 song albums and 1 compilation. the music is pretty experimental; the songs are long, dip here and there into spacy/electro elements, but above else, they're really good. i'm really into this kind of shit (though at a few moments throughout these tracks the length was a little over-done even for my taste) so i was definately really happy to discover this. john frusciante of the red hot chili peppers was also a member of ataxia, though not being a big RHCP fan, i didn't know much about him really other than his name/RHCP membership. i googled him and was suprised to see how prolific he has been (as of 2009 he's released 10 solo albums!) aside from his work in the chili peppers. looks like i have some musical homework to do.
no website...google "ataxia automatic writing" to get info. you can DL their stuff from emusic or itunes. you can also check out their label http://www.recordcollectionmusic.com/ which has also released many of JF's albums
(if you google "ataxia" you can get the wiki page on the medical/neurological term. interesting shit in its own right)
i was logged into my yahoo account just before and saw this story...a high school in mississippi is cancelling its annual prom rather than let a lesbian student attend with her girlfriend as her date. gimme a fucking break! its 2010. join the real world. gay people do exist, get over yourself!
also on yahoo news...i couldn't load the video, but apparently there was a bank somewhere that seized someone's home...and it was the wrong home/person. ain't that some shit?
i can't figure out how to get "real" links to pop up on this shit so i guess just copy and paste the links until i get that business sorted out.
check this shit out! i have work in it and i'm also DJing in one of the art salon's. super excited to be a part of it and showing my work along with my friends erica (http://www.ericaresnick.com/) and hank (http://www.isitandthink.com/) in my salon. there's going to be soooo much great art, crafts, and music so if you're in the north jersey area, come check it out.
go to http://dogruncity.com/ for more info.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
it's a lazy evening right before i'm about to retire to bed. i'm listening to a little BOC (www.boardsofcanada.com) and thought now was as good a time as any to launch this good ol bloggy. i'll still be doing my other blog, abrazodistante.blogspot.com (and hopefully be keeping up on it more than i have been), but this one is aimed to be more about random shit...random thoughts, music, toys, cheesy pop-culture references (haha) and shit like that, not straight up about my art. i still have work to do to touch it up, but here goes...
the above picture and the title of this post comes to you courtesy of www.incubot.com. i was flipping through the newest issue of juxtapoz and saw this which of course i fell in love with right away! its a USB/robot toy rolled into one, which as anyone who knows me well knows, has my name written all over it. i'm considering picking one up, though not really for practical purposes, more just to add to my robot collection. i know if i were to bring this little badboy to work it would get trashed in a matter of days so he'd be safer at the hoos hut. they've got some other rad robotwares on this site that are worth checking out as well, such as the nekosaur. if you love me, you'll get one for meeeee!
my downstairs neighbors are freaks. i think they're moving out...thank god.
corey haim died today. ain't that some shit?
my roommate ate the last of the sugar cookies. damn him.