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Colin Stetson Live 3am Montreal

16 Sep

When a person or people describe music as avant garde, your initial subconscious reaction is to discover your brain reminiscing about some noisy DIY show you’ve been to in a college city basement or pondering some of the iconic godfathers pursuing alternative techniques of pushing art and music to it’s limits and then some(Zappa, Sun Ra, etc.). You could very well just be grouping for words trying to define exactly what avant garde means. Experimental? yes. Innovative? yes. Crazy? sort of. Weird? maybe.

The French translation roughly means advanced guard, with the adjective English version literally meaning to advance the boundaries. Something that horn specialist Colin Stetson has accomplished with a great deal of success. Colin’s music is not some “emperor’s new clothes” phenomena like some artists I think get away with, his sound is refined, his talent with his instruments reaching great heights, and the skill in producing his performances is nothing short of spectacular.

I had fallen in love with his record, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, after a trusted friend’s recommendation lead me to acquire it, and after drifting out of heavy personal rotation I saw this video and  it was immediately thrust back in to an even heavier rotation this time around as it was brought to my attention that the entire album is recorded on 24 different mic positions, with no looping or over-dubbing. That simply is amazing! My mind will perpetually be blow by this concept. I am struggling to describe how utterly impressive that is, so I will shut up and let you enjoy the video, which is impressive in it’s own right because there was no audio post production, all the sounds you are hearing where just capture by the live mics in one take. including the cars driving by in the tunnel below.

Colin Stetson – “The Stars In His Head” (Dark Lights Remix)

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Artist Spotlight: James Mollison

17 Aug

Where Children Sleep

Where Children Sleep- stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. It seemed to make sense to photograph the children themselves, too, but separately from their bedrooms, using a neutral background. My thinking was that the bedroom pictures would be inscribed with the children’s material and cultural circumstances ‘ the details that inevitably mark people apart from each other ‘ while the children themselves would appear in the set of portraits as individuals, as equals ‘ just as children. This selection of diptych’s from 56 in the book (Chris Boot November 2010). The book is written and presented for an audience of 9-13 year olds ‘ intended to interest and engage children in the details of the lives of other children around the world, and the social issues affecting them, while also being a serious photographic essay for an adult audience.

Published by Chris Boot

(I did not write this-source)



Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan


Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal


Jaime, 9, New York, USA


Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA


Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal




Jenny C

Artist Spotlight: Lana Del Rey

11 Aug

If you don’t know, now you know.  (This girl is about to blow up)

I mean what a fox, right? She describes herself as a “gangster Nancy Sinatra”, I’m sold. (even if those lips aren’t real)

Formerly known as Lizzy Grant ^(you can see why I made that lip comment)


Jenny C


(Update 18/18/11: it looks like they’re having some copyright issues with the original video because it has been put up and taken off youtube a lot lately. It’s a good video though, I hope it comes back.)

Artist Spotlight: Kana Nagano

18 Jul

Here’s what I can tell you about Kana Nagano…she’s an illustrator and she’s Japanese. And I’m actually not 100% on the she part. I’ve been Googling, and I can come up with no information. Frankly, I’m not even sure how I found this work in the first place. Here’s the website – if you can decipher any of it, or have any more information please let me know.


I want all of these prints


















Pretty Awesome.


Jenny C

Real Estate – It’s Real

18 Jul

Can’t stop listening to this instant classic of a summer jam “It’s Real” by New Jersey band Real Estate. Off their forth coming LP Days, the sound is very much their own, but also somehow incredibly familiar,  as if this song had already been selected for your soundtrack to montage of great personal summer time memories.  Bright, up-lifting, innocent, and warm, this track should make you want to eat a Popsicle, or drink a cold beer outside in the sun.


Ahhh, Enjoy.




Artist Spotlight : Jonathan Zawada

17 Jun



I would stab and kill for one of these paintings from Jonathan Zawada’s 2010 exhibit Over Time









He also did some amazing work for Trust Fun! which I would also stab and kill for..

Here’s some other nifty things he’s done

Happy Friday!!

Artist Spotlight: Herbert Baglione

7 Jun

One of my all time faves, Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione.

I snagged most of these images from Upper Playground. Peep this video.

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