Read anything punk in a while?

January 26, 2015



I am reading Viv Albertine’s memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. I realized how important and relevant her story is about half way through. It’s a story of the working class, a lost generation, creative anxiety and gutsy feminism all wrapped up in punk. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by The Slits, […]

Posted in: Art, Books, Culture, Music

Counting Sheep

January 17, 2015



All the Birds, Singing is the most recent book by British author Elvie Wyld is one of those books you can see, smell, taste and hear. All senses are heightened as the main character, Jake, is haunted by personal and circumstantial demons as she tries to get as far from her troubled past as possible. Jake’s stories are told […]

Posted in: Books

Bury Our Friends

October 22, 2014


Sleater-Kinney Band Photo

On Sub Pop January 20, 2015. Featured image band photo by Brigitte Sire courtesy of Sub Pop.

Posted in: Music, Video

Ex Hex Rips

October 7, 2014



Rips by Ex Hex is ready to buy today! Listen to “Beast”…

Posted in: Music

French Fries in Israel

September 21, 2014



Stephen Shore is at 303 Gallery with photographs from Israel and the Ukraine. Food, landscapes, people, homes…all ordinary and unfamiliar. Stephen Shore Peqi’in, Israel, September 22, 2009 2009 (printed 2014) Chromogenic color print Stephen Shore Large Crater, Negev Desert, Israel, September 29, 2009 2009 (printed 2014) Chromogenic color print Images courtesy of 303 Gallery.

Posted in: Art, Culture

Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator – GIF Edition

June 3, 2014



Steamy GIF from the sexy cat scene in Dušan Makavejev’s Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator, 1967 See the scene and buy the DVD via Criterion. GIF courtesy The Gorgeous Daily.

Posted in: Culture, Digital Media, Film

La Sera

May 22, 2014



La Sera from the latest release, Hour of the Dawn “Running Wild” Photo by Jake Michaels Buy from Hardly Art.

Posted in: Music

RE Visit

May 17, 2014



Who wants to visit a whole museum about it? Tourists? If you were in New York on that day, it’s enough to try to NOT think about it. 9/11 Museum Opens Art made during the hardest time immediately after 9/11, archived for future generations by the Library of Congress. Exit Art put on an exhibit that […]

Posted in: Art, Culture

Courtney Barnett’s Avant Goodness

April 22, 2014



Courtney Barnett & The Courtney Barnetts perform their single, “Avant Gardener”. Click HERE to watch. And you can buy the digital version of the double EP: A Sea of Split Peas now. © Lisa Sorgini (she is an awesome photographer)

Posted in: Art, Music, Performance, Video

The Oldest Living Things in the World

March 27, 2014



Photographer Rachel Sussman’s book of the oldest things living on earth published by University Of Chicago Press is available in April! The photographs are beautiful in her immensely lush and somber style (thank you Stephen Shore). Click the image below to enter Ms. Sussman’s website and view some of the photographs in the book. You […]

Posted in: Art, Books, Outside

The People’s Pictures – Bobbed

March 5, 2014



View of row of operators working at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, April 1927. The photograph is from our National Archives and was created by the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor. If you’d like a hi-res file, just click on the image and it’ll open up the larger file for you to […]

Posted in: Culture, Digital Media

‘Kesh Angels

February 2, 2014



In last week’s New Yorker, I feasted my eyes on a photograph by Hassan Hajjaj. His latest exhibit at Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York is titled “‘Kesh Angels” and includes the most street beautiful photos of women bikers in Marrakesh. Hassan Hajjaj Kesh Angels, 2010/1431 Edition of 7, Metallic Lambda Print on 3mm White Dibond Image courtesy of […]

Posted in: Art, Culture

Bhindi Bhagee

January 19, 2014



This song gives me goose bumps for its folky-electric power sound and lyrics. World music gone wild. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros live at The 100 Club performing “Bhindi Bhagee” from the Global a Go-Go LP. Read this Punk Magazine interview with Strummer by Judy McGuire.

Posted in: Culture, Music, Performance, Video

The Space Lady!

January 17, 2014



If you were lucky enough to be traipsing around fancy free in San Francisco sometime in the 80’s, you may have seen her. Shiny alien space helmet, Casio under hand, perched on a street corner – she was a marvel for anyone to see and most of all for a farm girl from back east. […]

Posted in: Culture, Music, Performance


December 21, 2013



See Lynda Sherman’s brainchild, Bremelo Press for 100% authentically awesome letterpress products. Some are pre-pressed and ready for purchase on the online shop. Or you can go the custom route and have Bremelo make up something special for you. Lynda is a master printer, having studied with Dikko Faust in New York before making her […]

Posted in: Art, Design

Body Double

September 24, 2013



After posting my last entry, I was reminded of a piece by artist Gary Hill called Loop Through. I saw it for the first time at the PS1 exhibit in 2005, Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces. It’s two large video projections of Huppert looking at the camera. She is mesmerizing to watch – her eyes […]

Posted in: Art, Performance, Video


September 24, 2013



The new record, Pure Heroine, is out in November. Her September show is sold out in New York. The girl is bringin’ it. Here is the video for her hit from earlier this year, “Royals” from The Love Club EP. It is pure pop grandness for the thoughtful set.

Posted in: Music, Video

I’d be your boyfriend, Neko.

September 22, 2013


The Worse Things Get

“I’m sure my boyfriend is out there somewhere. I’m sure he’s fantastic. I can’t wait to meet him.” (quote by Neko Case from “Who’s the Man?” by John Seabrook in the New Yorker, Sept. 23, 2013). Neko Case‘s recent album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love […]

Posted in: Music


July 31, 2013



Courtesy of LiarTownUSA

Civil Rights

June 28, 2013



Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Photo by Peter Pettus/Library of Congress

Posted in: Culture

The Julie Ruin Make It Official

June 10, 2013



Oh! Here is the new single by The Julie Ruin, “Oh Come On”. The full album, Run Fast is set to release on September 3rd on the band’s own label and distributed by Dischord.

Posted in: Music

Lord of Engelenburg, Sheriff of Muiden

June 6, 2013


Opnamedatum: 2010-09-29

Portrait of Gerard Andriesz Bicker, 1642 by Bartholomeus van der Helst This work of art and thousands of others are made available as hi-res downloads courtesy of Rijksmuseum. Rijksmuseum along with a few other major museums have opened up their collections to the virtual public, making high quality digital files accessible with versions of share […]

Posted in: Art, Culture, Digital Media

Where Have I Been?

May 29, 2013



It’s f-in’ summer already! Here are some pop wonders to get you through the heat. “Open” by Rhye from their latest release, Woman. A new mixtape from Chance The Rapper! What?! Here is “Good Ass Intro” from Acid Rap. And what would a hot summer be without Charli XCX? Her recent official and proper full-length record, True Romance includes […]

Posted in: Music, Video

Recession Downsize

May 9, 2013



Posted in: Childhood, Culture, Video

Ending Winter With the Boys

April 2, 2013



Three worth seeing before the trees bloom. Philip Guston, Untitled (Book) 1968, gouche on paper board Paul Klee, Comedians’ Handbill 1938, Gouache on newsprint Milton Avery, Landscape, c. 1935, Oil on canvas board Images courtesy of McKee, The Met and DC Moore respectively.

Posted in: Art

My Pie Town

March 24, 2013



I was at the Met yesterday and hightailed it to their current photo exhibit, After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age. One piece from the exhibit that lingers in my brain is Debbie Grossman’s My Pie Town - a series of altered 1940 photographs that make women the scruffy stars of a dusty New Mexico landscape. The Fae and Doris […]

Posted in: Art, Culture, Digital Media

Pop Girls Are Real

March 10, 2013



Here is Tegan and Sara with their candy flavored realness spreading the word that we are all the same inside. Sweet! “Closer” from Tegan and Sara’s 2013 album, Heartthrob.

Posted in: Culture, Music, Performance, Video

China Miéville

March 6, 2013



China Miéville’s stories take you places where you are not sure you are. I often read passages in Miéville novels more than once. After going, huh? What just happened? Maybe I missed something? No, I missed nothing and what I read the first time happened and then it evaporated and only a squint of the eye is left. […]

Posted in: Books, Culture, Digital Media


February 26, 2013



Not new news, but new to me thanks to Mr. Troy Collins. Here is “Legs, Pt. 1″ from Darondo’s album Let My People Go on Ubiquity Records.

Posted in: Music

The Professionals

February 4, 2013



There have been crazy amounts of hype, but it’s here – My Bloody Valentine’s first release since 1991, mbv! Listen to “Who Sees You”. And here is My Bloody Valentine at their most ecstatic poppy drone in the early 90’s. This is “Soon” from the record that we all call one of our top 5 […]

Posted in: Music, Video

Blessings all over, seen…

January 27, 2013



A WordPress shout to Brian Jahn’s beautiful photography tribute to Jamaican culture and music. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Jahn on a recent book project. So I can promise that it’s totally worth your time to wonder through his blog archives. Blessing all over, seen… Jamming by Brian Jahn, 2010

Posted in: Art, Books, Culture, Music

May We Be Forgiven

January 26, 2013



A.M. Homes’ most recent book, May We Be Forgiven, is a dreamy comic nightmare with a hopeful spirit. It’s complex, layered and most of all impossible to put down as everything changes and grows right before your eyes. Amazing. Check out the interview with A.M. Homes by painter Jane Fine from the November issue of Bomb […]

Posted in: Art, Books, Childhood, Culture

Hypnotized Again

January 20, 2013



Cat on Saturday from Jason Weisberger and boing boing.

Posted in: Nothing

Art is a guarantee of sanity.

January 16, 2013


Ode à l'oubli

The blog post title is a quote by artist Louise Bourgeois who has created many lives for her art self over the course of her long career. Ms. Bourgeois’ prints and drawings are the direct link from her nervous system to the outside world. The Museum of Modern Art has taken the massive archive of […]

The Worst Is Behind Us

January 14, 2013


New Plastic Ideas

Now that we have last year out of the way, we can make plenty of room for another year. Throw the crap you don’t want anymore out the door and move along. I will start the 2013 season of GFP with what I liked best today. This morning around 10:12 AM as I stopped at […]

Posted in: Music

High by Hungry Ghost

December 21, 2012



Hungry Ghost is Sara Lund on drums, Andrew Price on guitar, and Lorca Wood on bass. Buy the record here or here. Seeing them live is LOUD and powerfully hypnotizing. “You can tell (or at least I can tell) when a band is playing together for the joy of it, for the love of rocking; where all other […]

Posted in: Music


December 20, 2012


Honda QA50

The first motorcycle my dad brought home for me shortly after I rode my bicycle without training wheels was a used yellow Honda 50. Could I have been 5 or 6? I remember riding it for what seemed like hours or all day on Saturday afternoon. We had a very long stony driveway where I […]

Posted in: Childhood, Culture, Outside

Stop Having Fun Right Now

December 15, 2012


Wimps Repeat

Here is Seattle’s Wimps live on KEXP earlier this year performing “Stop Having Fun”. You can download 5 free songs by Wimps on Bandcamp! It’s well seasoned sarcastic slap-happy punk. The way I like it. Repeat LP will be out in January.

Posted in: Music, Performance, Video

poem and Secret Mary

November 29, 2012



Tere O’Connor Dance is at New York Live Arts this week with the world premier of 2 new works. I am heading there on closing night and I can’t wait! Did you see it? If so, let us know. Read BLEED.  

Posted in: Art, Dance, Performance

This Long Century

November 20, 2012


This Long Century

Read “Rosie” by Eileen Myles. Link and photo from This Long Century. While you’re there, look at Mike Watt in his kayak!

Bikes in Brooklyn

November 17, 2012


Bicycle Roots

If you are like me – not too old yet but not too young anymore. And you ride a bike on some kind of regular basis. And you are not a bike tool, not a bike wimp, and not a bike fashion plate. But you care for your bike like it was your first and […]

Posted in: Culture, Outside

Oh My!

November 12, 2012


Do It With a Rockstar

“Do It With a Rockstar” from Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra! Click still below…

Posted in: Art, Culture, Music, Performance, Video

After the Storm

October 31, 2012



Just before Queen Sandy beheaded the region, I received more photos of Monica Bill Barnes & Co. directly from photographer Adrianne Mathiowetz. These are Halloween candy for tired eyes – joyous art moments viewed after scanning countless Internet photos of hurricane destruction. Thank you! MBB&CO. at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 2012 Photos […]

Posted in: Art, Culture, Dance, Performance

Should I or Shouldn’t I?

October 22, 2012


Another Parade

I am still not certain if I do or I don’t. I saw Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s big evening length show at the NYU Skirball Center for the Arts over the weekend. Barnes’ enthusiastic movement is modern dance meets vaudeville with Carol Burnett, Tina Turner, James Brown and glittery hints of Garland. So why […]

Posted in: Art, Dance, Performance

It’s Time

October 15, 2012



It’s that time of year again for The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival! Spread the word. This is an amazing festival and it’s the brain child of Desert Island. 2012 poster by Chris Ware

Posted in: Art, Books, Culture, Design

Rock and Roll Fun

October 8, 2012


Amanda Palmer

So good! Go get Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra‘s latest release, Theatre Is Evil. Do you have anything to say on the subject of this new record or Amanda Palmer? Just curious since I am an AFP latecomer. Photo by Shervin Lainez

Dichotomy and the Future

October 3, 2012


Six Years

Lucy Lippard visited the NY Art Book Fair  last weekend and her vision is the seed of the current Brooklyn Museum exhibit, Materializing “Six Years”. There was an interesting read about Lippard on AFC yesterday. The short piece led me to think about the future of art making and art thinking and art writing. And then […]

Posted in: Art, Books, Culture, Digital Media

Holy Cordy Ryman!

September 21, 2012


Cordy Ryman

Cordy Ryman has a new exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Texas. I wish I could use that teleporter a friend of mine has been working on for the past 25 years to go there now. Thanks to the blog New American Painting,  for shedding light on this work earlier this week. All I can say […]

Posted in: Art

New York, I Loved You – Part IV

August 29, 2012



These are the days I missed and never found when I arrived. Nothing says New York City more than Blondie. “X Offender” live at CBGB – 1977.

Posted in: Culture, Dance, Music, Performance

New York, I Love you – Part III

August 28, 2012


Times Square

The trailer for the 1980 film Times Square…yes that’s Tim Curry as DJ Johnny LaGuardia.

Posted in: Culture, Film, Music

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