Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Prof. Godard

Une chose que Prof. Jean-Luc Godard me a enseigné c'est:


Par example:



C'est vrai. Je préfère écrire en français ces jours. Je suis desolée a mes lecteurs anglophones.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Anna Karina dans Pierrot Le Fou

It is utterly impossible to not love this face, d'accord? J'ai vu ce film et j'ai besoin de dire que j'aime vraiment cette femme. Quand je dis "cette femme" je veux dire Marianna et aussi Anna Karina. Plus que ma mere. OUIA, JE L'AI DIT!

Monday, June 23, 2008

What You Need If You Want to be Art as Fuck in NYC Without Being a Hipster

I recently wrote a piece "What You Need If You Want to be Art as Fuck in NYC Without Being a Hipster" for What You Need If.... Check it out here.

Serge Gainsbourg et ses femmes

Serge Gainsbourg, apart from being an extremely prolific and talented musician, actor and all-around cool motherfucker is also known for his various love affairs with beautiful women. Here are some of my favorite photos of Serge with his ladies. (Disclaimer: not all women pictured below were romantically involved with Serge).





And for fun, some street art that I found on a Google image search which I (obviously) absolutely LOVE:

My friends and I were having a discussion about which period of his music we liked best. 100dbs announced that Serge Gainsbourg really had NO business being able to make good reggae, but was quite good at it and I 100% agree. Colonel K's favorite is the electronic stuff that he produced in the 80s, prior to his death. While I love and appreciate everything Serge Gainsbourg has done musically, my favorite is the classic Serge Gainsbourg (late '60s through the '70s) and my favorite track is "Requiem pour un con." It's just SO badass!

And for my favorite footage of Mr. Gainsbourg, check out this clip.

And click here to read a beautiful article featured in Vanity Fair about the man, the myth, and most importantly, the legend.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

L'amour c'est tout

Love is All is playing at Cake Shop tonight as a part of NYC Popfest 2008. I can't go because I have other obligations but they are really the only band I would actually care about seeing on the Popfest bill.

I love this lo-fi thing that's been taking over music as of late. It's just so refreshing to be into music again. I seriously haven't been into music like this since Q and Not U started playing shows around 2001-2002 (and I may have previously said that but my memory is bad, sue me). Jon Pareles writes this about Love is All:

Josephine Olausson, the singer for the Swedish band Love Is All, may be the world's most antisocial party girl. The songs on its debut album, "Nine Times That Same Song" (What's Your Rupture?), are perky-to-frenetic new-wave stomps, flecked with saxophone squeals or 1960's pop harmonies when the band stops trying to be the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But Ms. Olausson doesn't play easy to get; in song after song, she insists she wants to be alone — and even when romance is a possibility, she expects to end up that way. With music this frisky, that seems unlikely.

I wouldn't exactly compare them with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs given their sound is incredibly different and the one similarity is that there is a woman who fronts the band. However, if you like them you should check out Cheveu (I feel like I'm on their street team or something the way I push that band) & No Age.

Best band to come out of Sweden since The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Not as well-dressed but in music that's sometimes irrelevant.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sigur Ros @ MoMA's PopRally!

I just got my tickets for Sigur Ros at MoMA's PopRally! I'm incredibly excited about this because I thought for sure I would log-on at noon and not be able to get in. I actually bought the tickets at 11:58am, word to your mother.


From the PopRally webpage (link above):

PopRally invites you to a special performance by the celebrated Icelandic band Sigur Rós, in conjunction with the exhibition Take your time: Olafur Eliasson.

Featuring thirty-eight works installed at both MoMA and P.S.1, Take your time explores the highly experimental work of Olafur Eliasson, whose immersive environments and large-scale installations elegantly recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Iceland. Eliasson’s work recontextualizes elements such as light, water, ice, fog, stone, and moss to create unique situations that shift viewers' perceptions of place and self.

Sigur Rós creates ethereal, transcendent music that often induces a feeling of wonderment—a stirring accompaniment to Eliasson's explorations of space, color, and illumination.

This event includes an exclusive viewing of Take your time, which closes to the public on June 30.

The Eliasson exhibit, Take Your Time, is definitely worth seeing. I still have yet to check out the PS1 portion of the exhibit but am looking forward to seeing it as it seems like there is a lot more there. I would have to say that some of the highlights are getting onto the third floor and being inundated with yellow light. And as trivial as it seems, "Ventilator" is still incredibly intriguing, just try not to look. Or maybe it was the two people interpretive 'dancing' and/or making out last time I went that made it hard not to look, but it's one of THOSE things. You just aren't sure if you get it or not and you're drawn in. The best is "Your strange certainty still kept." It's really, for lack of a better word, breathtaking. And to see Sigur Ros is THIS space? HOLY FUCK.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I don't usually post about clothing or fashion...

...but I like this Kenneth Cole dress a lot because it reminds me of a Mondrian.

Too bad I've already stimulated the economy to my own capacity. That $600 from the government definitely didn't take me as far as I would have liked it to.

This Post is Safe for Work.

Working in corporate America, there is that fine line rendering what is inappropriate and what is permissible when it comes to the internet. Thus, when I start listening to bands with names like Puffy Areolas & Holy Fuck, I can't help but wonder what the IT people think when they look at my history.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Ztohoven Strike Again

I once posted about the Ztohoven after they simulated a fake nuclear bomb explosion on the news.

Check out this video (approx. 15 mins. also seen on Wooster Collective) that the Ztohoven put together for their "city lights" campaign. The translation is terrible, but whatever.

Ztohoven - Znásilněné Podvědomí from Míra Sláva on Vimeo

The amount of ground they covered is impressive. I wonder if they were eventually sued. But then again, it's the Czech Republic, not America.

People look at me and they get bored.

Say hello to my new favorite band, Cheveu from Paris, France. This is their video for the song "Dog."

They have been on constant rotation for the past few weeks and I do not use the word 'constant' lightly. I am trying hard to procure as many of their releases as I can and will even venture to Brooklyn if I have to for the LP (and for those of you that know me, that is dedication right there). I might even have to tap that ebay for these guys, something I haven't done since buying Modest Mouse's Interstate 8. They rule my world... and they'll probably rule yours in a few months and I'll say, "told you so."