Archive for April, 2010

Power Point

April 28, 2010

In a NYT article yesterday about soldiers complaining about giving each other PowerPoint presentations, there was an amuzing quote from Marine Corps Gen. McMaster, “who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005” that amounted to either a dark pun or a new commitment by the armed forces to pursue active nonviolence in the theater of war:

“It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control…. Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”

For “It” please read “violence”.

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Weekend at Burney’s

April 28, 2010

Here’s an inconsequential & dubious theory: The title & covert of the new Hole album, Nobody’s Daughter, is an allusion/homage to the influential 18th century British author Frances Burney as an attempt by Courtney Love to self-induct herself into the pantheon of haute couture babes… Consider the facts! The cover art—a detail from an oil painting of M. Antoinette by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Le Brun—situates the viewer firmly in the world of prominent 18th century women—both celebrities & artists.

Item 2! The reverse cover art prominently features a pendant of the letter ‘B’… which obviously stands for “Burney”.

Item 3: Consider the album’s title in connexion with an excerpt from Catherine Gallagher’s Nobody’s Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace 1670-1820. In this study of gender & authorship in the Long 18th Century, Gallagher pays particular attention to the diaries of a young Frances Burney:

No further exposition required.

Questions for further reflection: (1) What is the relationship between the concept of Nobody/No-body and the album’s depiction of two ‘decapitated’ women?

(2) Does tension exist between, on the one hand, drawing explicitly on historical precursors and, on the other, claiming to be nobody’s daughter?

(3) If instead the title alludes to Frances Bean and not Frances Burney, how does that rank on the inappropriateness scale?

Weekend Jam

April 24, 2010

Arthur Russell, “Your Motion Says

File under: “Neatest thing to come out of Iowa since Helen Carey”

Right on time

April 21, 2010

I’d be pleased if you were pleased by favoritest song of the week, “Love’s Miracle” by The Impressions.

Like a miracle, love came, and it was right on time

This one really happens on the headphones. Almost can’t believe how good those drums sound. And Curtis Mayfield’s voice isn’t so shabby either. ((The tune is reminiscent of another ultimate favr’ite.))

Helpful Charts

April 15, 2010

Easy to understand:

From NYRB.

Is This My House?

April 11, 2010

LOLCAT

April 11, 2010
LOLCAT

LOLZAT

…and look good doing it.

April 8, 2010

Shoes aren’t even scuffed.

“Weather outside is wild” Pt. 2

April 2, 2010

No body told me that it’s supposed to get up into the “early 80s” today! Sprangtime is in a dagmon frenzy! Gonna have to recalibrate our reggae playlist to reflect Ma Nature wylin out:

Linval Thomson “Look How Me Sexy”

“Weather outside is just wild; Springtime is in a frenzy”

April 2, 2010

No use in fighting it any more, it’s time to get seasonally serious about reggae. Please to get realistic about this track, a smooth real spunker from one my fav’rite reggae groups, Carlton & The Shoes.

Give Me Little More