Browsing All Posts filed under »Culture«

Amanda Palmer’s Leonard Cohen

December 22, 2016


Amanda Palmer recorded my favorite Leonard Coen masterpiece Everybody Knows, and the lyrics are timeless and relevant in a eerie way. That’s Cohen. The string arrangement is by Jherek Bischoff. Art by Vladimir Zimako Advertisements


October 18, 2016


The National Archives is creating GIFs from their moving and still image archives. It’s public domain gone wild! Click here to see the GIFs via GIPHY.

Other Music – Another Time

May 10, 2016


Other Music is closing on June 25th. So long dear friend. What am I gonna do without you? Photo courtesy of Other Music.

Inside Paul’s Boutique

September 22, 2015


KEXP has made their amazingly detailed and gleefully entertaining 12 hour dissection of the Beastie Boys’ record Paul’s Boutique (1989) available for streaming! The show includes over 100 sampled tracks played in full, the 15 album tracks plus demos and interviews. 12 hours well spent! KEXP Steps Inside Paul’s Boutique

Writing and Water

June 23, 2015


California artist Todd Gilens is in Belfast searching through public archives, studying a poet’s handwriting and making art that will grow into a larger piece about water and urban landscapes. Read more about Mr. Gilen’s project HERE and contribute if you like. Scanned notes by poet, W R Rodgers (1909-1969). Tracing the handwriting. Creating a […]

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, […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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.

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. […]


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

Lord of Engelenburg, Sheriff of Muiden

June 6, 2013


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 […]

Recession Downsize

May 9, 2013


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 […]

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.

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. […]

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

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 […]

Art is a guarantee of sanity.

January 16, 2013


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 […]


December 20, 2012


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 […]

This Long Century

November 20, 2012


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


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 […]

Oh My!

November 12, 2012


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

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 […]

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

Rock and Roll Fun

October 8, 2012


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


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 […]

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.

New York, I Love you – Part III

August 28, 2012


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

New York, I Love You – Part I

August 26, 2012


My love and hate relationship with New York is at its most intense during the hottest and quietest month of the year – August. “A Hare Grows in Manhattan” directed by Fritz Freleng, 1947 © Warner Bros.

Do You Know Kate Beaton?

August 9, 2012


You should know Kate Beaton – or at least know her books and website and art. The archive on her site is the best free online reading you can find. Hits include: Dr. Sara Baker, Nancy Drew covers retold, and the Bronte sisters. Oh so fun! One of my favorites from 2007… Buy Hark! A Vagrant for your loved […]

The Highlights

July 13, 2012


See The Highlights latest issue XVI. Personal Best, 1982

Blogging a Blog

May 9, 2012


Art Fag City is the best New York art scene reading these days. Follow ’em.

Lena Dunham

April 19, 2012


It’s great when art, culture and cinema mix. But when that glob evolves into really good television, it’s my idea of a perfect form of entertainment. It happens rarely for me. I don’t really watch television since we don’t pay for cable channels and we no longer pick up rabbit ear signals in Brooklyn since […]