Archive for July, 2013

Cher and Cher alike

Not sure why, but this fills me with delight:  famous Cher impersonator Chad Michaels performs for an audience in West Hollywood that includes… Cher. [youtube][/youtube]    

RIP Maxwell’s

Tonight is the last night for legendary Hoboken music venue Maxwell’s. To celebrate and mourn, Doom & Gloom from the Tomb has put together a selection of Yo La Tengo recordings (mostly covers) from their 27 years of shows at the club.

RIP Walter De Maria

Sad news. Let’s not forget the time he tried to start a band with La Monte Young and Andy Warhol.

Weekend recs

Orange is the New Black (2013- ) Series in the age of Netflix are designed for binge watching, and Orange, about a Smith grad who goes to federal prison, is a prime example. Season I is thirteen episodes and everyone you know has already watched the whole thing, so you might as well power through. The […]

Better videos

I like this one with the sound off. Worth doing full-screen and hi-def, too. The film is made of actual images from the Cassini mission to Saturn; the editing makes it into an outer-solar-system Stan Brakhage film. (Related: the new photo of the Earth from Saturn taken by Cassini.) [vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″][/vimeo] This next one […]

In case you had forgotten how old and out of touch you’re getting

I am not understanding this: [youtube][/youtube]

Administrative notice

In digging through some of my old files recently, I came across this: It’s an administrative notice, dated December 13, 1988, that was posted at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. I was living on the embassy compound at the time, but had forgotten completely about this particular notice. Here is the full text: To:  All […]

Weekend recs

The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009), dir. Alex Van Warmerdam (available on Netflix Instant) Do NOT watch the trailer or read a review — all chock-full of spoilers — before seeing this movie. The pleasure is in the plot surprises revealed casually. I will tell you that it’s set in the Dutch countryside near […]

Lonnie Holley

On Friday I had the great good fortune to see Lonnie Holley perform. I had no idea what I was in for. I was so astounded by what I heard that I recorded one of his songs on my phone, shared here (I made up the title, based on one of the lyrics). He has […]

Monday photo

Yoshitomo Nara at Pace (closed June 29).