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Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 1:49 PM
Jamie Lidell will be performing his new album Jim at The Academy, Dublin, this Saturday. Lidell is known for layering tracks made with his voice into a microphone, performing the percussion and melody as a sequenced one man band. Over these pre-recorded voices, he sings soul-inspired songs. Taking things further than Multiply, Lidell appears to have found the balance between the spontaneous creativity of his raw ideas and how to carefully craft a popular work of art. The result is quite a polished record, one which makes Lidell, marketable. Below, a recent interview with Pitchfork where he discusses why he is making pop, new single Little Bit of Feel Good (2008) and the sultry Daddy's Car (2000) which is a finer example of how raw his creativity can be.
Jamie Lidell Interview - Pitchfork.tv
Jamie Lidell - Little Bit Of Feel Good (2008)
Jamie Lidell - Daddy's Car (2000)
Friday, April 25, 2008 @ 5:17 AM
Inner City Pressure
Flight of the Conchords homage to the Pet Shop Boys. On this occasion I am certain that the vocal effect used sounds like an Antares AutoTune similar to Snoop Dogg's Sexual Eruption (thanks to Skkatter - see post Sexual Eruption for more info). With classic lines referring to the monotony of unemployment, The Flight of the Conchords are surpassing my old favourites - The Mighty Boosh.
'You don't measure up to the expectation
When you're unemployed there's no vacation
No one cares, no one sympathizes
You just stay home and play synthesizers.'
I just stay at home and play my stylophone. More on that coming soon.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 3:57 AM
MissOgnUs Mega Mix
from beating with a branch the girl that slept with your boyfriend, through to immigration difficulties, but many of the songs contain what could be construed as misogynous lyrics (even if they are delivered by women).
The Guardian has an influx of letters regarding Jay-Z headlining at Glastonbury - one journalist is delighted to have the chance to sing along to Jay-Z hits in the rain, and believes the criticism of Jay Z's headline slot reflects an underlying racism from the critics of the festival line up, whilst a reader suggests that the journalist must have no problems with misogyny as the song contains the pithy couplet: "If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one". Im not a fan of Jay-Z but I am a fan of Dr. Dre's Chronic 2001 which does contain misogynous lyrics. What is that saying about me? Am I a bad woman?
Track list:Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Black Dominoes Remix)
Rye Rye - Shake It To The Ground (Air Jahed Remix)
Spank Rock - Loose (DJ Ayres Remix)
Afrikan Boy - Lidl
Spank Rock - Bootay
Wiley - Wearing My Rolex
Dizee Rascal - Pussyole (DJ Beware Remix)
M.I.A. - Big Branch
Fannypack - Theme from Fannypack
Pase Rock - Lindsey Lohan's Revenge
Ciara featuring M.I.A. - My Goodies (Richard X Remix)
The Gossip - Yr Mangled Heart (Tiga's Congobreak)
Team Shadetek - Brooklyn Anthem (Ghislain Porier Remix)
Ghostface Killah - Charlie Brown (DJ Mehdi Remix feat. Mapei)
Labels: Afrikan Boy, Anne Maree Barry, Ciara, Dizee Rascal, Fannypack, Ghostface Killah, M.I.A., misogyny, missognus mega mix, music, music influence, spank rock, Team Shadetek, Vampire Weekend, Wiley
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 @ 3:19 PM
Peter Campus @ Albion, London
Installation View - The Gift (2008) - ChanSchatz
I had not been to Albion before, it was a mission to get there - a tube journey to Sloane Square and then the 19 bus over Battersea Bridge, it was, however, well worth the effort. Albion claims that it leads an emerging trend - where art and design become indistinguishable. The two exhibitions currently on show - Peter Campus, and the husband and wife team ChanSchatz - compliment each other through colour and lack of colour and have a kind of off-beat relationship. I initially went to see Peter Campus' work, which whilst cold, was interactive and playful. I was surprised when I discovered the ChanSchatz's chaotic but very controlled kaleidescope wall-drawings and paintings.
Peter Campus (1937) is one of the most important video artists of the 1970s. His early experimentation with studio shooting advanced (for the time) video equipment opened up a vast new set tools for artmaking, as well as pushing the conceptual envelope of video art and its potential - similar to Joan Jonas. A section of Double Vision (1971) was the only work I had seen of his and that was as a result of someone uploading a preview to YouTube. I was primarily interested in the methods Campus used to install work that I had only read about.
Campus' recent work Predominance of Our Constructs (2007) is series of six video works made around the Ponquogue Bay in south eastern Long Island. The works are situated between the still images of photography and the duration of moving image/film. Using HD video he creates a still-frame of a landscape, where the movement occurs within the frame and not through the movement of the camera - something which I explore in my own work. The sound track recorded at the same time reveals what one cannot see. Campus places the viewer in an isolated position – the viewer is unaware of what exactly could be taking place - perhaps nothing? In contrast Campus' older works places the viewer in a privileged position – where their own image is part of the show.
Stasis (1973) and Optical Sockets (1973) explore the formal sculptural qualities of projected video space using closed circuit video installations where the viewer experiences in real time their own image manipulated to produce unsettling camera effects - this all being cutting edge in the seventies. Optical Sockets (1973) was a personal favorite - omitting the fact that I could see my own reflection in the four video monitors, it evoked an experience of exploring the gallery space and the architectonic qualities of it through the interactivity of the video installation (the viewer walks between 4 video monitors on plinths and 4 closed circuit cameras). The precision and geometry of this installation did indeed demonstrate how such a piece challenges the relationship between artist, subject and viewer.
This concept of the use of static camera's evokes big brother overtones as Campus reveals:
"the camera was not directed by a person holding the camera but just put in a fixed position...i liked the idea of seeing something in front of the camera that wasn't so controlled, at least not by the artist."
What is interesting is that Campus abandoned video art for twenty years, making only photographs until returning to video work in the 1990s. I wonder what he would think of a viewer celebrating his works in 2008 and documenting the works in low-res camera phone images?
After all this interactivity, I walked blindly into Eric and Heather ChanSchatz's exhibition Together. I initially welcomed the warm colour of the work but suddenly I was left cold. Despite The Gift - which is a tactile piece(s) of work representing the larger painting behind it - the visual content was purely formal and graphical. I have since discovered that these works were created based on the artists' relationship with a range of communities. I believe that this facet of the work is hidden deeply in the pure form of the medium that they chose to work with. In comparison with Campus' use of available technology, and its tools, there is a sense of 'an experience' regarding his work. ChanSchatz may have good intentions but the work was emotionless.
This slump did not last for long as I swiftly trekked to The Serpentine to see the Derek Jarman show, curated by Isaac Julien. The warmth returned like a hot whiskey sliding down my throat.
Thursday, April 3, 2008 @ 8:08 AM
The Duke SpiritPhotographs of The Duke Spirit, last Sunday at The Village, Dublin.
Liela Moss is a captivating performer. For more information on the band see The Duke Spirit
I'm going to London tomorrow for a few days - posting will resume after the over-exuberant holiday activities.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 @ 1:29 PM
@ 12:58 PM
Similar to Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh, Joel Church-Cooper and Erin Gibson were bound together by their inability to work with other people. I found the Roommating Show thanks to my obsession with The Wire and it struck a chord with my relationship with the show. Roommating has that indy, quirky sense of American humour but it's not as contrived as Juno.
Roommating. Episode 6 - The Wire
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