Monday, June 28, 2010

Laurie Anderson, back to her "Homeland"

Laurie Anderson’s first album of new material in nearly 10 years is out now on Nonesuch records. "Homeland" is a digital patchwork of live material and home recordings assembled by Anderson with the support of her husband, Lou Reed.

"I was staring at like a million sound files, trying to fit together pieces from different songs, different years,” she said. “I thought I was going to lose my mind. I was going to give up, and I was kind of crying about it every day. Lou got a little sick of hearing this. So he finally said, “Listen, I’m going to sit with you until you finish it.’" (NYTimes)

Laurie Anderson is a key-figure on New York's avant-garde scene of the last three decades working with such names as William S. Burroughs, Philip Glass, Frank Zappa, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Arto Lindsay, John Zorn, Brian Eno and many others.

Check an excerpt from "Homeland: The Story of the Lark," the documentary on the making of Laurie Anderson's Homeland included with the new album.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Guardian: "Paula Rego: Ain't nothing like a dame". True!

A monarch who has never bought a work by a living artist has deigned to inflict on Paula Rego the patently ridiculous title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Since it was invented in 1917, the title has been bestowed on more than 700 actors, novelists, divas, dancers and well-connected dogsbodies. Only four painters have been so honoured.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

RIP, Bill Dixon, trumpeter

Trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon died June 16th at his home in North Bennington, Vermont after a two-year illness. He was 84 years old. |

The sexiest paper on Earth and the Coolest Pop Rock band in the Universe!

Funny that João Peste and friends have chosen the Sexiest Paper on Earth to make this amazing video. Good to listen to Pop Dell Arte, again!


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Meredith Monk Vocal Quartet at Teatro Municipal da Guarda

Can't remember how many times I've played "The Tale" , from RUC's truly used vynil record "Dolmen Music". Always with big pleasure! Again and again....

Tonight, Meredith Monk is singing live at Guarda. A good oportunity to invite you again to sink deep into Peter Greenaway's movie about the world of this singular composer, dancer, choreographer, director, filmmaker, conceptualist and... prodigious singer. Here, at UBUweb.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

#Listening to Between The Whiles, by Zeena Parkins

You could talk to electric harpist Zeena Parkins about her collaborations for hours: After all, she's appeared on Björk's Vespertine and on the soundtrack for Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint. She played on Matmos' The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast and toured with the exploratory electronic duo. She's worked with Christian Marclay, John Zorn, Jim O'Rourke, Fred Frith, Ned Rothenberg and a jaw-dropping fleet of others. She's made two records with electronic composer and former DNA drummer Ikue Mori as Phantom Orchard...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

#Listening to Bug Music, by Don Byron

Music of the Raymond Scott Quintette, John Kirby & his Orchestra, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, arranged and transcribed by Don Byron. (Nonesuch Records , 1996)

Full orchestra:

Don Byron, clarinet, baritone saxophone, vocals
Steve Wilson, alto saxophone
Robert DeBellis, tenor saxophone
Charles Lewis, trumpet
Steven Bernstein, trumpet
James Zollar, trumpet
Craig Harris, trombone
Uri Caine, piano, vocals
Paul Meyers, banjo
David Gilmore, guitar
Kenny Davis, bass
Pheeroan akLaff, drums
Joey Baron, drums
Billy Hart, drums
Dean Bowman, vocals

The TIME perspective

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

PHOTOESPAÑA 2010 se pone en marcha

PHotoEspaña 2010 tiene lugar del 9 de junio al 25 de julio. La XIII edición del Festival de Fotografía y Artes Visuales ofrece un programa de 69 exposiciones, 21 en la Sección Oficial, 12 en otras salas, 8 en OpenPHoto y 28 en el Festival Off repartidas en 64 espacios expositivos entre museos, galerías, centros de arte y salas de exposiciones de Madrid, Cuenca y Lisboa. Participan en el Festival 379 artistas y creadores de 42 nacionalidades.


Sunday, June 06, 2010

Stephen Wolfram at TED 2010, and the idea of computation

 Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, talks about his quest to make all knowledge computational -- able to be searched, processed and manipulated. His new search engine, Wolfram Alpha, has no lesser goal than to model and explain the physics underlying the universe.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

What is WikiLeaks really?

Julian Assage by himself. Or an introductory video about what WikiLeaks is.

New Yorker unveils '20 under 40' young writers list

Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes made a list of the best young British novelists in 1983; David Foster Wallace, Jhumpa Lahiri and Jeffrey Eugenides were named among the best American writers under 40 in 1999. Now the New Yorker has selected the 20 young writers it believes we'll be reading in years to come, with Jonathan Safran Foer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joshua Ferris and Wells Tower all making the cut.

America top 20: best writers who are from or based in north America

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 32
Chris Adrian, 39
Daniel Alarcón, 33
David Bezmozgis, 37
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, 38
Joshua Ferris, 35
Jonathan Safran Foer, 33
Nell Freudenberger, 35
Rivka Galchen, 34
Nicole Krauss, 35
Dinaw Mengestu, 31
Philipp Meyer, 36
C E Morgan, 33
Téa Obreht, 24
Yiyun Li, 37
ZZ Packer, 37
Karen Russell, 28
Salvatore Scibona, 35
Gary Shteyngart, 37
Wells Tower, 37