Friday, April 14, 2006

Lumberjack Olympics

Too good to be true...

It's raining today.

Go see this...

My pal Christy has been living behind a camera for years now. She's one of those people who goes to a concert and takes ten rolls worth of pictures and you're like 'dear god, if only one of those is great, I'll bet it's worth it.' Once, at Glastonbury she lined every man, woman and child up against this blue fence and took polaroids of them. At the end of the day she literally had hundreds of these incredible moments. I'm really looking forward to seeing this show. Plus Sam (from Interpol) and friends are doing a bit of a soundtrack to the whole thing. Here's the official lowdown:

Bespoke Gallery is pleased to present Soundtrack to Nothing, a series of black and white and color photographs by Christy Bush. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is Christy Bush’s first solo exhibit at Bespoke Gallery.

In Soundtrack to Nothing, Christy Bush’s photographs document contemporary teenage music fans attending rock concerts (Interpol, The Others, Elefant and The Secret Machines) in various cities across the United States, Europe and Australia.

The subjects of Bush’s photographs, shot extemporaneously in diverse concert-venue locations -- lobbies, lavatories, backstage, in the audience –- are decidedly unabashed and devoid of self-consciousness.

While the photographs were taken during the last two years, they possess the stark austerity and grace reminiscent of the French New Wave movies of the early 1960s. The photographs, both alone and in series could be stills from the making of a coming-of-age movie. Titillated by this evocation, the photographer generated an imaginary story-line linking the protagonists of her project and assigning them
fictitious stage names. Some of the teen fans whom Bush encountered appear only once in her photographs. Others photographed at a number of different shows assume starring roles.

Bush captures the spirit of these teenage music fans and her photographs evidence the gamut of raw teen fan emotion - giddiness, vulnerability, boredom, innocence, fragile sophistication, longing. The viewer is invited to share their fleeting candor.

The audio track playing in conjunction with Soundtrack to Nothing comprises a number of songs written for the exhibit by The Last Night (Sam Fog of Interpol and Dagon James, in collaboration with guest musicians Adam Franklin of Toshack Highway and Swervedriver, Grasshopper of Mercury Rev, and Michael Stipe).

What goes on?

Neil Young says impeach the fucker. I tend to agree.

Boards of Canada make a video. Their first ever, I believe. It's pretty interesting.

An interview with The Knife. They are oh so spooky, most likely due to the relative lack of sunshine in Scandinavia.

Loompanics is shutting down. Now where will you find all of your anarchistic handbooks like "how to rob a bank with a spoon" or "how to hide things in public places?" That last one was real.

I feel like this today.

I like this band. They tend towards the dark and miserable. Did I mention that it's raining today?

Thee More Shallows- 2 AM mp3

Thee More Shallows- Freshman Thesis mp3

They remind me a bit of this band, and I really love this song.

The Standard- A Year of Seconds mp3

This is just beautiful noise...

Red Sparowes- Alone and Unaware, The Landscape Was Transformed Before Our Eyes mp3

Red Sparowes- Our Happiest Days Slowly Began to Turn into Dust mp3

Oh, my friend Blasco is playing at Sin-e' tonight at 8pm. He's very French, and I'd assume a bit brooding, but you shouldn'e let that deter you. He's got a myspace page, just ask for the White Monkey.