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Sat 04 Jan 14

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 44: The 23 of 2013


(Preamble & Intro)
23. Two Men in Love - The Irrepressibles
22. Manchester - Kishi Bashi
21. I Am Dust - Gary Numan
20. Wishes - Beach House
19. Limousin - Movis!
18. Punkodrom - Taraf de Funiculŕr
17. Farafina - Art Melody
16. Aashianeh - Fereidoon Farrokhzad
15. Lost Innocent World - Gogol Bordello
14. Everything - VNV Nation
13. No One Knows Nothing Anymore - Billy Bragg
[Recap]
12. Life On Mars? [Cover] - Seu George
11. Sing to the Moon - Lauren Mvula
10. Cut Copy Me - Petula Clark
09. Serpents - Sharon Van Etten
08. La La La ft. Sam Smith - Naughty Boy
07. Came Back Haunted - Nine Inch Nails
06. Run Boy Run - Woodkid
05. Free ft. Emeli Sandé - Rudimental
04. Sail - AWOLnation
03. Fitzpleasure - Alt-J (∆)
02. How Would It Be? - Ellis
[Recap and Supercut* of the Top 10 that almost made it to the list, or should have if it were a longer show]
01. Pompeii - Bastille
(Outro & benediction for the new year)
00. Auld Lang Syne - The Pipes and Drums of Leansich

*Supercut- Almost in the top, but damn good;
(1. Bring in the Katz - KW Griff; 2. Phoenix - Hucci; 3. OPR - Gesaffelstein; 4. Jubel - Klingande; 5. Under the Bridge [Cover] - Hackney Colliery Band; 6. Tenu Leke - Red Baraat;
7. Dougou Badia ft. Santigold - Amadou & Mariam; 8. Blessed Love; Jimmy Cliff; 9. Let the Water Do the Work - Hey Mavis; last but NOT least 10. All American Boy - Steve LeGrand)

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filed under: the arts blogged: 21.57 Sat, 04 Jan '14

Sat 01 Dec 12

A New Free Radio Friendistan Podcast Episode!

Go to Free Radio Friendistan directly comrade! Or just stay here. It doesn't matter much.

#37, "Report From The Home Front" (94:44)

Subtitle: Read into the comeback episode. Go ahead. Interpret the living heaven out of it.
Summary: A lot has been happening in our restive Republic, and this transmission seeks to reassure the masses that we are a hardy people. Who else rides around stoically on unicorns?

(intro)
01. It's a Family Affair - Sly & the Family Stone
02. Salut Les Amoreux - Joe Dassin
03. Move Any Mountain - The Shamen
04. Everyday I Write The Book - Elvis Costello
05. Glory Bound - Wailin' Jennys
06. Follow The Sun - Xavier Rudd
07. I Don't Wanna Pray - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
08. Titanium (Piano & Cello Duet Cover) - Pavane
09. Guardian - Alanis Morrissette
10. Let There Be Light - Mickey Hart Band
11. Egbert the Easter Egg - Lysbeth Joslin, mother of DJ Moonbird
12. Shattered Into One - DJ Moonbird
13. Let My Baby Ride - Dr. L (Soundtrack from "Holy Motors")
14. Unknown - Unknown (Hey, I tried)
15. Klangkarussell - Sonnentanz
16. Quality Time - Starfucker
17. Rudimental - Feel The Love
18. Le1f - Wut
19. Never Le Nkemise 2 - Die Antwoord
20. Indigeonous Power - Javier Estrada & A Tribe Called Red
21. Imidiwan Ma Tenam (feat. Nels Cline) - Tinariwen
22. Job 2 Do - Doo doo doo (This goes out to Sarah in Thailand!)
(outro)
23. Who Were We - Kylie Minogue (Soundtrack from "Holy Motors")


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filed under: the arts blogged: 16.31 Sat, 01 Dec '12

Sat 05 Nov 11

Podcast updates

So, there's now such a thing as FRIENDISTAN.ORG. The People's Republic went and got all techy and claimed a domain. It is on this domain that the Propaganda Ministry will now post the latest podcast. They thought you should know that since last on Bird on the Moon, there's been two new releases:

Episode 26, "Ghosts vs. Spirits" (94:05) Team Spooky meets Team Spectral in an Ectoplasm Exclusive.

Episode 25, "Thanks, Bob" (95:17) Bob Moog was not only a worldwide hero of music, he also liked roast duck and tipped well.

filed under: the arts blogged: 15.55 Sat, 05 Nov '11

Sat 22 Oct 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 24, "No time like the timeless""

Time is really the only thing that passes us by- or does it? Can you pass it up?

It's been a while, and always has been. As the hours while by, slip into the future (etc), we've gotta ask- does anyone really know what time it is? Does anyone really care? In Friendistan, we don't have time zones...

[Sir Roger Penrose]
1. Time Passages - Al Stewart (suck it up)
2. I Didn't Know What Time it Was - Billie Holliday
3. Hallelujah Time - Bob Marley & the Wailers
4. Hold On This Time - Fontella Bass
5. You're My Favorite Waste of Time - Marshall Crenshaw
[Alan Watts]
6. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is? - Chicago
7. Strange Times - The Black Keys
8. Time - Sean Hayes
9. Calling Time - Yap
10. The Hundredth Time - Gigi
11. We've Got Time - Tandemoro
12. Time to Wander - Gypsy and the Cat
[Michio Kaku]
{RECAP}
13. It's Only Time - The Magnetic Fields
14. 2 O'Clock in the Morning - Swati
15. Time to Get Up - King Bisquit Time
16. We Got Time - Moray McLaren
17. You're Forever an Hourglass - Benzos
[Terrence McKenna]
18. Find The Time (Plimsouls Remix) - Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
19. Hands of Time - Groove Armada
20. Long Time (Sly & Robbie's Dark Shade Riddim) - Natasja
21. Infinite (Ft. Blackalicious) - Guru
{RECAP}
22. In These Times - Joan Armatrading

filed under: the arts blogged: 23.30 Sat, 22 Oct '11

Sat 08 Oct 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 23,"Nice Weather for Dreaming"

Hey! Check out the new podcast page on Friendistan.org!


Today's weather report: you don't need an umbrella because you're gonna get soaked anyway. It's cool, hot, windy and the sky is full of mystery. Nothing to prepare for, you can't plan a dream. Note: This podcast was originally recorded on 10 Sept 11

Tracklist:

montage - Forecasting the Funk
1. Emotional Weather Report - Tom Waits
2. Season's Trees - Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
3. The Rain - Benjamin Diamond
4. Into the clouds - The Sound of Arrows
5. I Saw Lightning - Telekinesis
6. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Psapp's Lady Remix) - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
7. The Night Wind - Legowelt
8. Jump Into The Fog (Crystal Fighters Remix) - The Wombats
9. Pissing in the Wind - Badly Drawn Boy
10. Cat Stevens - Wind of My Soul
11. Wind in the Wires - Patrick Wolf
12. Catch The Wind - Donovan
{RECAP}
13. Storm Song - Gustav Helzberg (A Friendistani Nationalist!)
14. Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
15. When The Storm Comes - Jah Wobble
16. Rainbow - Lal Meri
17. The Cool, Cool River - Paul Simon
18. Autumn Leaves - Miles Davis
19. Silent Snow (feat. Max The Sax) - Parov Stelar
{RECAP}
20. Lord of Winter - Pigeons and Crazy Porridgemakers

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filed under: the arts blogged: 20.36 Sat, 08 Oct '11

Sat 01 Oct 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 22, "Oktoberfestistan!"

Newsflash! Starting next week, all podcast posts will move to FRIENDISTAN.ORG! W00T!

You might think of Oktoberfest as a debauch crazed festival of drunken loonies (it kinda is) or you migh think of it as a celebration of harvest, of bringing friends together and celebrating in spite of the dark. It's probably a little of both, just as this podcast is a little of everything.

Tracklist:

1. Ein Prosit - Traditional German Beer Drinking Song
2. Limit - Deichkind
3. Deutchemachine - And One
4. Bis Zum Erbrechen Schreien - Mediengruppe Telekommander
5. Das Bo - Türlich Türlich
6. Einsamkeit (Club Attack Mix by Steril) - Void Kampf
7. Links 234 - Rammstein
8. Mondlicht - Xmal Deutschland
9. Denkmal - Wir sind Helden
10. 1234567 - 1000 Robota
11. Bring Me Edelweiss - Edelweiss
12. Schnappi das kleine Krokodil - Schnappi
13. Angorakatz - Gipfelstürmer
14. Der Jesus Muss Weg - Jesus Christ Superstar (German Cast)
{RECAP}
15. Maggie Mae - Laibach
16. Bayern des samma mia - Haindling
17. Haus von Rocky Tocky - Bruce Low
18. In Munchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus - Traditional German Beer Drinking Song
19. Ein Mönch kam vor ein Nonnenkloster - Die Streuner
20. Zigge-zagge, hoi, hoi, hoi! - Traditional German Beer Drinking Song
21. Bayerische Polka Yodel - Traditional German Beer Drinking Song
22. Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton
23. Fru Johnsen (Harper Valley PTA cover)- Inger Lise Rypdal
24. 99 Luftballoons - Sean Peter
25. Bilder von Dir - Xavier Naidoo
26. Zirkus (Deichkind Remix) - Mia
27. Ich Bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe Eingestellt - William S. Burroughs
{RECAP}
28. Prost - Deichkind

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filed under: the arts blogged: 14.07 Sat, 01 Oct '11

Sun 25 Sep 11

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast, Episode 21: Fataha for Ramya


Subtitle: Fataha = music played in celebration of life; Ramya = cosmic mama

Summary: Ramya Ruth Ann Gallacher Gleeson- that's a name for ya. And, that's a mama for ya. For me, this was the 2nd passing in as many weeks. But the gift she gave in helping transform my view of death and loss is something that needs honoring, and here's my way of doing it.

Tracklist:

Intro - Fataha for Ramya
1. Mandala Offering - The Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir
2. Abwoon - Lisa Gerrard
3. Vandanaa Trayee - Ravi Shankar
4. Into the West - Annie Lennox
5. Gracias a la Vida (live) - Mercedes Sosa
6. My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
7. Goster Cemalin - Alp Arslan
8. Almaya - Gaida Hinnawi
9. Govinda - Kula Shakur
10. Power of Raven - Lisa Thiel
{RECAP}
11. Medicine Wheel - Kate Wolf
12. I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About in my Song - Mahalia Jackson
13. Give Peace a Chance - John Lennon
14. Allah Hu - Junoon
17. Om Nama Shivaya - Donna de Lory
18. Yeha Noha - Sacred Spirits
19. Earth Anthem - The Turtles
20. May it Be - Enya
{RECAP}
21. Ishq Allah Ma'bud Lillah - Deva Premal

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filed under: the arts blogged: 21.25 Sun, 25 Sep '11

Sat 03 Sep 11

Episode 20, "Life During Zoo Time"

We're all animals after all, alive to thrive and roar. Just check you out- you're undeniably an animal, all coiffed for mating or all scaled for predating. The point is, we better give paws to remember the fragility, glory, and silliness of life.

Tracklist:

montage - A Beginner's Guide to "Animals"
1. Apes' Shuffle - The Jeff Wayne Space Shuttle
2. One Monkey - Goodie Mob
3. The Bear Song - Green Jelly
4. Lion - Karolina & Funset
5. Tiger Rag - Tadaharu Nakano and the Nakano Rhythm Boys
6. I Fought A Crocodile - Jacuzzi Boys
7. Eels - The Mighty Boosh
8. Dolphin - Dogbowl
9. Snakes in the Grass - Quantic
10. Lizard Lady - Residents
11. Scapegoat - Chumbawumba
12. Vampire Deer - Mundane Circus
13. Redtail Hawk - Bellini
14. Dragon's Den - Sir David Attenborough
{RECAP}
15. Orphan Camel Colt - Namgar
16. Páva (Hey, Peacock) - Irén Lovász / Lászlo Hortobágyi
17. Song of the Porcupine - Lepcha Tribal Music (India)
18. Butterfly - Towa Tei
19. White Elephant - Ladytron
20. Fox - Danimals
21. White Rabbit (Mojo Filter Wonderland Mix) - Jefferson Airplane
22. Wolf Like Me - TV on the Radio [MOOGFEST PERFORMER!]
23. The Snow Leopard - Shearwater
24. Coyotes - Richard Thompson
{RECAP}
25. Mystery Song
26. Going to the Zoo - Julie Felix

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filed under: the arts blogged: 00.36 Sat, 03 Sep '11

Fri 26 Aug 11

Episode 19, "Requiem for Julia" (100:09)

Remember to always tell your people that you love them, everyday.
On Saturday, August 20th, I held the hand of a dear friend as she left a tremendous legacy of love in the wake of her struggling body. This podcast is unapologetically brimming with emotional heartpouring, and reflects the spirit of a soul who now guides me even more as a father and a Friendistani.

Tracklist:

1. Safety in Self - Jerrfey Gaines
2. Julia - The Beatles
3. Holy Now - Peter Mayer
4. All This Joy - John Denver
5. You Who Knew Me - David Wilcox
6. I'll Fly Away - Alison Krause
7. I Saw the Light - Bill Monroe
8. Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
9. A Memorable Laugh - Koufax
10. Here I Am - Emmylou Harris
11. Shine (Collective Soul cover) - Dolly Parton
{Commentary}
12. Alleluia, the Great Storm is Over - John McCutcheon
13. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
14. Why Walk When You Can Fly? - Mary Chapin Carpenter
15. This Is To Mother You - Sinead O'Conner
16. Redemption Song - Bob Marley
17. We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger
18. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
19. Box of Rain - Grateful Dead
20. By My Side - Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell")
{Commentary}
21. We'll Meet Again - Johnny Cash
(100:09)

(Dedicated to Julia & Dustin, Ramya & Robin, Shidoshi and their families. Livestrong, y'all).

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filed under: the arts blogged: 19.07 Fri, 26 Aug '11

Sat 06 Aug 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 18, "Corny Beats and Mashup" (92:02)

montage - The Danger of Mashups
1. No One Takes Your Freedom - DJ Earworm
(Scissor Sisters: Take your Mama, The Beatles: For No One, George Michael: Freedom ’90, Aretha Franklin: Think)
2. Dreaming in Your Sleep - BRAT Productions
(Depeche Mode: Get Some, Romantics: Talking in Your Sleep)
3. Rebel Mother Down - DJ Schmolli
(Rihanna: Man Down, Danzig: Mother, Billy Idol: Rebel Yell)
4. Independent Room - Party Ben
(Destiny's Child: Independent Woman, Fugazi: Waiting Room)
5. Queen Latifah's Rascally Little O - DJ BC
(Queen Latifah, Prarie Dawn, Telly, & The Little Rascals Theme)
6. Rapture Riders - Go Home Productions
(Blondie: Rapture, The Doors: Riders on the Storm)
7. The Roof is on Fire - Lenow
(Fiddler on the Roof: Tradition, Dog Ruff: Jon E Storm)
8. On the Artistic and Cosmic Relevance of the Cut-Up Method - William S. Burroughs and Byron Gysin
9. Dr. Who on Holiday - Dean Gray
(The Timelords: Dr. Who, Greenday: Holiday)
10. Smack My Orinoco - Apeboy
(Enya: Orinoco Flow, The Prodigy: Smack My Bitch Up)
11. Psycho Shimmy - Darwin
(Talking Heads: Psycho Killer [live], Old Dirty Bastard: Shimmy Shimmy Ya [live])
{RECAP}
12. Folsom Prison Gangstaz - DJ Topkat
(Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues, Boyz in da Hood ft. Easy-E: Gangstaz)
13. Buffalo Cecilia 2005 - DJ Riko
(English Folk Dance and Song Society: Buffalo Girls, Simon & Garfunkel: Cecilia, Alanis Morissette: Thank U, Malcolm McClaren: Buffalo Gals, The Art of Noise: Beat Box (Diversion One),
Lemon Jelly: Spacewalk, The Art of Noise: Snapshot)
14. I'm A Bird - Unknown Remixer
(Nelly Furtado: I'm like a Bird, Asha Bhosle: Unknown Track)
15. Crazy Logic - Arty Fufkin
(Gnarls Barkley: Crazy, Supertramp: Logical Song, The Who: Go to the Mirror Boy, Rockwell: Somebody’s Watching)
16. Without Rags - Unknown Remixer
(Eminem: Without Me vs. Ragtime Piano)
17. Walkie Talkie Vertigo Man - DJ Ruckus
(U2: Vertigo, Steriogram: Walkie Talkie Man)
18. The Spirit of Ray - Mixplosiv
(Ray Charles: Hit the Road Jack, ZZ Top: The Grange, Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky)
19. The Last Words of Hassan I. Sabbah (excerpt) - William S. Burroughs
(A poem Burroughs made from the Cut-Up Method he developed with Byron Gysin, mixed with Phillip Glass: Ayers Rock)
20. Single Ladies in Mayberry - Party Ben
(Beyonce: Single Ladies, "Mayberry" Theme)
21. XXXO on the Dock of the Bay - ToToM
(M.I.A.: XXXO, Otis Redding: Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay)
{RECAP}
22. Hollaback Girl of Constant Sorrow - DJ Erb
(Soggy Bottom Boys: Man oif Constant Sorrow, Gwen Stefani: Hollaback Girl)

filed under: the arts blogged: 19.15 Sat, 06 Aug '11

Sat 30 Jul 11

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast Episode 17, "Hot Street Party Madness" (91:44)

A selection of mostly live or otherwise invigorating street-ish music.

Live from Downtown Asheville's Bele Chere festival, DJ Moonbird turns the volume up on raucous hot summer rhythms- you supply your own hangover cure. Additional hip-hop added since our fair city missed the boat.

Tracklist:

dedication
1. Loaded - Primal Scream
2. Close My Eyes (live) - Matisyahu
3. A Better Way (live) - Ben Harper
4. Moon Goddess (live) - Jimi Tenor & Rhythm Taxi
5. Girl From Ipanema (live) - Lou Rawls
6. Let Us Get On Down (live) - Junk Yard Band
7. Wopbabalubop feat. B-Real - Funkdoobiest
(recap, live from Bele Chere 2011)
8. There's A Party (Feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na) - N.A.S.A.
9. Dancing in the streets - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
10. I've Been Hoo-Doo'd (live) - Dr. John
11. Climb Trees (live) - Sage Francis
12. Autorail (live at the Orange Peel) - Toubab Krewe
13. Der Yeminite Tanz (live) - Yeminites
14. Street Fighting Man - El Testaferro de los Pordioseros
(recap, live from Bele Chere 2011)
14. Bounty Ice Cream - Squire of Gothos
15. Drop The Tough [The Twelves B-LIVE Remix] - Groove Armada
16. I Am (live) - Covenant
17. I Just Want to Celebrate (live) - Rare Earth
18. Onwu Ama Dike (live) - Krewe of Eris
19. Memory of a Free Festival - David Bowie

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filed under: the arts blogged: 21.33 Sat, 30 Jul '11

Sat 23 Jul 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 16, "TAPES!" (92:59)

Tracklist:

montage: cassette tapes nostalgia
1. Hamaba - Mindinka & Fulani Music of the Gambia
2. Untitled Track - "Soulful and Joyful Arabic Ballads Mixtape"
3. Shakyamuni Said - Polysorbate 59 (Shoutout to Doug, Mark, Kim, Dave!)
clip*
4. Opus 1 - Tommy Dorsey
5. Pig Nose - Music of the Yaqui Indians
6. Vissi d'arte (Tosca, Giacomo Puccini) - Leontyne Price
7. Tico Tico - JoAnne Castle
(recap)
8. Right Wing Pigeons - Dead Milkmen
9. Sky Flying By - Soar
10. Buzzbomb from Pasadena - Dead Kennedys
clip*
11. Texas Radio & the Big Beat - The Doors
12. Timesteps (excerpt) - Wendy Carlos
13. Ummagumma Pt. 1 - Pink Floyd
(recap)
14. Kambinda Beanie Man - Stick to Your Lover
15. Chittagong Chill - State of Bengal
16. Technical Malfunction - DJ Moonbird from Free Radio Asheville, March 2002
17. Master of the Universe - Hawkwind
clip*

*clips from "A Correlation Between Disco & Celestial Intelligence" by a very young DJ Moonbird, circa 1990

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filed under: the arts blogged: 12.40 Sat, 23 Jul '11

Sat 16 Jul 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 15, "Deep Down in the the Blues" (88:59)

Tracklist:

clips: Meaning of the Blues
1. Travelin' Riverside Blues - Robert Johnson
2. Walkin' Blues - Son House
3. Voice Throwin' Blues - Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins
4. Easy Rider Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
5. On the Wall - Louise Johnson
6. Rattlesnake Blues - Charley Patton
7. 22 20 Blues - Skip James
8. Blue Harvest - Mississippi John Hurt
9. I'm Going Back Home - Memphis Minnie
10. Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson
(recap, background: Juke - Little Walter)
11. Cool Drink Of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson
12. Rock Me Mama -Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
13. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
14. What in the World You Goin' to Do - John Littlejohn
15. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do - Bessie Smith
clip: The Blues Belongs To Everybody
16. Got My Mojo Workin' - Muddy Waters (live at Newport Jazz Festival, 1960)
17. I Believe to my Soul - Ray Charles (live at Newport Jazz Festival, 1960)
18. Back Door Friend - Johnny Winter
(recap, background: That's The Blues, Old Man - Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra
19. Tupelo - John Lee Hooker
20. Come on in this house - Junior Wells
21. Jumper on the Line - RL Burnside
22. Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf
23. Black Betty - Leadbelly
24. Bring it on Home - Sonny Boy Williamson
25. I'm So Glad - Jessie Mae Hemphill
26. Sweet Black Angel - Robert Nighthawk
clip: where I've been...

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filed under: the arts blogged: 02.50 Sat, 16 Jul '11

Sat 09 Jul 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 14, "Spaceflight"

NOTE: This episode contains a special surprise announcement that is not being made anywhere else at this moment. You will hear "it" here first!

A Special Programming Note from DJ Moonbird: Today's intended theme was diverted by the successful liftoff of Atlantis, this show is dedicated to the pioneers who have brought us closer to the stars.
1. Spacewalk - Lemon Jelly
2. Genesis - VNV Nation
3. Our Place in the Universe - Symphony of Science
4. Cosmic Love - Florence and the Hendersons
5. The Stars - I Am Gengko & The Watson
6. Under the Milky Way Tonight - The Church
(discourse & recap)
7. Blue Boat Home - Peter Mayer
8. This Is How We Walk On The Moon - Arthur Russel
9. You Are The Universe - Brand New Heavies
clip: "The Right Stuff," John Glenn orbit scene
10. Space Oddity - David Bowie (how could I not?)
11. See The Constellation - They Might Be Giants
(recap and other things)
12. Satellite of Love - Lou Reed
13. Ainsi Parla Zarathustra - Prophetic Band
14. Starry Eyed (Jakwob Rework) - Ellie Goulding
15. Interplanetary Music - Sun Ra
16. We Are All Made Of Stars (2008) - Moby
clip: Carl Sagan's "Cosmos"

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filed under: the arts blogged: 14.47 Sat, 09 Jul '11

Sat 02 Jul 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 13, "Let's Do The Numbers"

(88:00)

clip: Carl Sagan, on the number of stars in the sky
1. Less Than Zero - Danzig
2. Zilch - The Monkees
3. One Step Beyond - Prince Buster
4. Lateralus - Metamorphic String Quartet (guess why this is here and I'll give you $1.61)
5. Two of Us - Laibach
6. Third Planet - Modest Mouse
7. Pi - Hard 'n' Phirm
(recap)
8. Four Seasons in One Day (live) - Crowded House
9. Five Bottles Mambo - Yma Sumac
10. 5 1/2 Minute Hallway - Poe
clip: The Go Board scene, from the movie "Pi"
11. Six Days - Cloud Cult
12. Tram #7 to Heaven - Rocky Dennis
13. 8 Drunk Gods - Booty Cologne ft. Top Cat
14. Drivin' on 9 - The Breeders
(recap)
15. Shoot the MAC-10 - Emergency Broadcast Network
16. Eleven, Twelve! - Braces Tower
17. 13 Months of Sunshine - Ziggy Marley
18. 14 Black Paintings - Peter Gabriel
19. 15 Step - Radiohead
20. 16 Toneladas (16 Tons) - Noriel Vilela
21. Edge of Seventeen (2010 Club Remix) - Stevie Nicks
22. Dreams of 18 - Lal Meri
clip: Opening sequence, from the film "Drowning by Numbers"
clip: UK Comedian Dave Gorman on imaginary numbers

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filed under: the arts blogged: 14.23 Sat, 02 Jul '11

Sat 25 Jun 11

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast Episode 12 "The Summer of Summer"

clip: "Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy"
1. Night Ride Home - Joni Mitchell
2. Sweet Summer Night on Hammer Hill - Jenk Lekman
3. Summer in the City - Sharkey (featuring Jean Grae)
4. In The Summer (Picture House's 'Summer In The Balearics' Mix) - Crystal Fighters
5. Deadbeat Summer - Neon Indian
6. Summer in the City (Proper Villains 08' Mix) - The Lovin' Spoonful
7. Summer Song - SunDream ft. Low Key
(recap)
8. One of those Heatwaves - Martha and the Vandellas vs. Pink Floyd (mashup)
9. Grazin' in the Grass - Friends of Distinction
10. Summer Moon - Africanism
11. Sun is Shining - Bob Marley vs. Funkstar Deluxe
12. Summer Poem - Mary Oliver
13. Rainbow Flows - Husky Rescue
(recap)
14. Rockaway Beach - The Ramones
15. Waterfalls - TLC
16. Boys of Summer - DJ Sammy
17. Call Me Sunshine - Wonderful
clip: Bob Ross "Isn't that easy? We got a path..."
18. Fat Old Sun - Pink Floyd

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filed under: the arts blogged: 01.04 Sat, 25 Jun '11

Sat 18 Jun 11

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast | Episode 11 "Totally Random, Completely Organized"

Episode 11, "Totally Random, Completely Organized" (80:10)

Tracklist:

1. Search - Emergency Broadcast Network
2. Twisted - Lamlbert, Hendricks & Ross
3. Human Behavior - Bjork
4. Congratulations - Towa Tei
5. Angie Lala - Nora Dean
6. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
7. Jump on Stage - Girl Talk
8. Sidiki - Baaba Mal
(recap)
9. Indiscipline - King Crimson
10. T - Iamamiwhoami
11. Raven - Proxy
12. Interruption - Emergency Broadcast Network
13. Embrace - PNAU
14. Tengo Sed - Batidos
(recap)
15. Escualo - Astor Piazzolla
16. Faerie Dance - Plants and Animals
17. Subconscious Mind - Lord Buckley
18. Walking Machine - Revl9n
19. End of Audio Program - Emergency Broadcast Network


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filed under: the arts blogged: 22.22 Sat, 18 Jun '11

Sat 11 Jun 11

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast | Episode 10 "Road Music"

Tracklist: (77:01)

Sample: How Much Does Your Life Weigh? - George Clooney "Up In The Air"
1. Woyaya - Osibisa
2. King of the Road - Roger Miller
3. Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads
4. Hit the Road Jack (Engineerz of Soul Remix) - Ray Charles
5. The Journey - Fatboy Slim
6. Travelling - Debra Keese & The Black Five
(recap)
Sample: I'm Gonna Be Out There In It - Emile Hirsch "Into the Wild"
7. Ramblin' Man - Lemon Jelly
8. I've Been Everywhere - Johnny Cash
9. Going Up the Country - Violent Onsen Geisha
10. Time to Wander - Gypsy & the Cat
11. Ghost Highway - Mazzy Star
12. Portishead - Roads
13. I Walk the Earth - King Biscuit Time
Sample: This is No Longer a Vacation - Chevy Chase "National Lampoon's Vacation"
(recap)
14. Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
15. Sail Away - Neil Young
16. Road - Nick Drake
17. On the Road (Excerpt) - Jack Kerouac
18. Journey is my Home - Jen Worthen
Sample: Let's Keep Going - Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis "Thelma and Louise"

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filed under: the arts blogged: 02.47 Sat, 11 Jun '11

Sat 04 Jun 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 9, "I don't speak English"

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Episode 9, "I don't speak English" (74:35)

1. Do You Speak Enlish? - Simon Pegg
2. Yedi Gosh - Aster Aweke (Ethiopia)
3. Siki Siki Baba - Kocani Orkestar (Turkey)
4. Ofo the Black Company - Allah Wakbarr (Nigeria)
5. Numoero 114 - Rey Pila (Mexico)
6. Tunak Tunak Tun - Daler Mehndi (India)
7. We Are - Do As Infinity (Japan)
(recap)
8. Fel Del Av Gĺrden - Movits! (Sweden)
9. Od Tarnobrzegu po Bangladesz - Masala Soundsystem (Poland)
10. Bis Zum Erbrechen Schreien - Mediengruppe Telekommander (Germany)
11. Douta Mbaye - Alif (Senegal)
12. Badala - Tata Pound (Mali)
13. Olivieto ft. Botecoeletro - Farrapo & Yanez (Brazil)
14. Pchely - Ivan Kupala (Russia)
(recap)
15. Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook - Monty Python
16. Mamno Min El Ta'eer - Ahmed Rock (Egypt)
17. Oh What A Night - Yannick Noah (Haiti) Shout out to Nick B!
18. He Kotahi (As One) - Che Fu (New Zealand)
19. Angguk Angguk Geleng Geleng - Ahli Fiqir (Singapore)
20. Lugu Lugu Kan-Ibi - Bunun Tribe & David Darling (Taiwan)

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filed under: the arts blogged: 19.31 Sat, 04 Jun '11

Sun 29 May 11

Free Radio Friendistan Episode 8, "Fly Fly Birdy"

1. Serenade to a Cuckoo - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
2. Birdhouse in your Soul - They Might Be Giants
3. Absolutely Cuckoo - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
4. The Coo-coo Bird - Doc Watson and Clarency Ashley
5. A Field of Birds - The Tallest Man on Earth
6. Lord God Bird - Sufjan Stevens
7. Bird in God's Garden - French, Frith, Kaiser, & Thompson
(recap)
8. El Condor Pasa - Paul Simon
9. El Pajaro Negro - VA (Latcho Drom Soundtrack)
10. Awuno Mganga Ndeje / Cry Of The Bush Bird - Zawose & Brook
11. Fly (Feat. Steffaloo) - Blackbird Blackbird
12. The Birds - Telefon Tel Aviv
13. Fly Feather Fly - Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments
(recap, plus "VIII" from the Twelve Glass Birds poem cycle by jay joslin)
15. Peregrine Falcon - Donovan
16. By Your Side - Nick Cave (Winged Migration soundtrack)
17. Bird on a Wire - Leonard Cohen

filed under: the arts blogged: 18.32 Sun, 29 May '11

Sat 21 May 11

Free Radio Friendistan Show #7

Episode 7, "Rivers"
Tracklist:

1. The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Langston Hughes
2. Robert Johnson - Traveling Riverside Blues
3. Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians
4. Many Rivers to Cross - Jimmy Cliff
5. Laughing River Running (Riendo el Rio Corre) - Tish Hinojosa
6. River Run Me Dry - Dido
7. I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li
(recap)
8. Drops in the River - Fleet Foxes
9. Black River - Bomb the Bass (ft. Mark Lanegan)
10. The River - David Byrne and Brian Eno
11. River of Birds - Goddess Chanters
12. River Jaraahai - Namgar
13. River Song - Dennis Wilson
14. River Deep, Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner
(recap)
15. Orgullosa Maria (Proud Mary) - Trio Los Pinguinos
16. Driftwood on the River - Ernest Tubb
17. Limpopo River Song - Hans Zimmer
18. God Moving Over The Face of the Waters - Moby

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filed under: the arts blogged: 17.18 Sat, 21 May '11

Sat 14 May 11

Free Radio Friendistan Show #6!



Free Radio Friendistan Show #6 by djmoonbird

Tracklist:

Episode 6, "Sun/Rain"

1. Rain - Charles Bukowski
2. Sun - Carl Sagan
3. Rainbow Country - Bob Marley
4. Third Stone From the Sun - Jimi Hendrix
5. Pray For Rain - Massive Attack
6. Sun Drums and Gamelan - Four Tet
7. Tears in Rain - Vangelis
(recap)
8. Let The Sunshine (Solly Bmore Edit) - Fifth Dimension
9. Make It Rain (live in Akron) - Tom Waits
10. Sunshine - Devotchka
11. When the Storm Comes - Jah Wobble
12. J'veux du soleil - Les Negresses Vertes
13. Always Chasing Rainbows - Randall Throckmorton
(recap)
14. Sun Is On My Side - Gogol Bordello
15. Rain - Shel Silversteen
16. Life From The Sun - Neil deGrasse Tyson
17. A Declaration - The Sagan Robot Propaganda Corps of Friendistan

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filed under: the arts blogged: 17.43 Sat, 14 May '11

Sat 07 May 11

Free Radio Friendistan Show #5

Free Radio Friendistan Show #5 by djmoonbird

"Song of Myself" episode

1. Song of Myself, verses 1 & 2 - Walt Whitman
2. Defiant - VNV Nation
3. TV on the Radio - Playhouses
4. Punk Rocker - Iggy Pop (with the Teddybears)
5. Molecules - Slender Means
6. Beginning to See the Light - Velvet Underground
7. I feel the Earth Move - Carole King
(recap)
8. Song of Myself, verses 6 & 7, 17-19 - Walt Whitman
9. Dear Songs and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts - Wolf Parade
10. If I should Fall From Grace With God - The Pogues
11. Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound - Gustav Helzberg
12. Skating Away - Jethro Tull
13. Still - Alanis Morrissette
(recap)
14. Wave Yo' Flag - K'naan
15. We're All In This Together - Ben Lee
17. I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die - Frank Sinatra
18. Song of Myself, verse 52 (excerpt) - Walt Whitman

filed under: the arts blogged: 15.58 Sat, 07 May '11

Sat 30 Apr 11

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast Episode 4

Beltane Spring Romp Episode!

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast Episode 4 by djmoonbird

Tracklist:

1. Dozmati regösének - Dudazene Hungarian Bagpipe Music
2. Pagan Poetry - Björk
(Wicker Man Excerpt, Christopher Lee)
3. Jack in the Green - Jethro Tull
4. Dance Around The Maypole - Acid Gallery
5. Ril Mhor Bhaile An Chalaidh - Seán Ó Riada
6. Maypole Song - Paul Giovanni & Magnet (Wicker Man Soundtrack)
(Recap)
7. May Morning Dew - Casey Neill
8. The Burning Man - Songs of Green Pheasant
9. Green Grow the Rushes - Altan
10. Green Man - XTC
11. Woodland Bop - Tyrannisaurus Rex
(Wicker Man Excerpt, Edward Woodward)
12. How Do - Sneaker Pimps
13. All that is gold - Hobbits (?)
14. Gwydion Pendderwen - The Lord of the Dance
(recap)
15. {NSFW!} First of May - Johnathan Coulton
16. {NSFW!} Centaur - Buck 65

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filed under: the arts blogged: 13.40 Sat, 30 Apr '11

Sat 23 Apr 11

Episode 3, Free Radio Friendistan!

Hangin' under the coversongs:


Sexual Healing - Hot 8 Brass Band
Don't Fear the Reaper - Unknown Artist
Heart Shaped Box - Burton Greene
Beat It - Senor Coconut
Heroes - Mia.
Rock El Casbah - Rachid Taha
Kon' Togethy - Bugotak
Nobel (In The Air Tonight) - Touré Kunda
Heart of Glass - The Puppini Sisters
Sweet Child O' Mine - Taken by Trees
Umbrella - Mechanical Bride
[NSFW!] Straight Outta Compton - Nina Gordon
[NSFW!] Gin 'N' Juice - The Gourds
No Woman No Cry - Nenes

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filed under: the arts blogged: 12.08 Sat, 23 Apr '11

Sat 16 Apr 11

Episode 2, Free Radio Friendistan

Now on iTunes!




Tracklist:

Viens Me Le Dire - JP Nataf
Up With the People - Lambchop (zero 7 mix)
Mercy of the World - Quinn
Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies
One Monkey - Gillian Welch
Shock the Monkey - Don Ho
Monkeys on the Moon - Sopwith Camel
Heaven - Ebo Taylor (rare track from Ghana)
Manha Manha (Dunproofin Remix) - Manha Manha and The Snowths
Starlight - Muse
Trappin - Mele (contakt remix)
La Giaconda (Final) - by Amilcare Ponchielli performed by London Philharmonic Orch.
Alan Watts - Fallacy of Misplaced Concepts
Wo Ist Zu Hause, Mama - Johnny Cash
Hai Acasa(Country Roads)- Gil Dobirca

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filed under: the arts blogged: 14.40 Sat, 16 Apr '11

Sat 09 Apr 11

Free Radio Friendistan Podcast!

The inaugural shi-bang:


Tracklist:
Start Wearing Purple - Gogol Bordello
Husan - Bhangra Knights
Hir aj kom hir aj go - Magnifico
Two Yokhors Medley - Namgar
Im Bimbilla - Mashroua Leili
The Moon and the Prince by Akitaka Tohyama & Kenji Ninuma
(rambling)
Little Girl Blue (live) - Janis Joplin
Expecting to Fly - Emily Haines
IZ US - Aphex Twin
The Deep End (bart b remix) - Curses!
Transformer - Seabound
(rambling)
What Do You Know? - Sunshine Fix
Soulshaker - Von Iva
Come Back - Depeche Mode
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filed under: the arts blogged: 18.27 Sat, 09 Apr '11

Thu 25 Dec 08

Happy Birthday Bogie!

It's that most wonderful time of year, the blessed birthday of Humphrey Bogart. Cliche as it is to say it, "here's looking at you kid," as we celebrate Your birth by wearing fedoras and being sleuthy with those we love:

filed under: the arts blogged: 12.55 Thu, 25 Dec '08

Mon 24 Nov 08

Eeegads! A piano mysteriously appears, people freak out

So, is this cause for alarm?



Apparently so. Was it a theft? A prank? A roundabout effort to bring some holiday cheer to the police? Authorities in Harwich, Massachusetts, are probing the mysterious appearance of a piano, in good working condition, in the middle of the woods. Discovered by a woman who was walking a trail, the Baldwin Acrosonic piano, model number 987, is intact -- and, apparently, in tune. Sgt. Adam Hutton of the Harwich Police Department said information has been broadcast to all the other police departments in the Cape Cod area in hopes of drumming up a clue, however minor it may be. But so far, the investigation is flat. [ugh]

One shudders to think what spontaneous acts of beauty might bespoil our delicate routines! As my dear friend at the Hangover Journals might say, "horrors!"

filed under: the arts blogged: 23.25 Mon, 24 Nov '08

Tue 01 Apr 08

Weltfunk - VNV Nation


A song of joy, for I move now with peace, I move now in blessing

filed under: the arts blogged: 23.53 Tue, 01 Apr '08

Sat 15 Dec 07

Jimmy Page: "It was my life - that fusion of magick and music"

Well, I was hermetic. I was involved in the hermetic arts, but I wasn’t a recluse. Or maybe I was… The image of the hermit that was used for the [inside cover] art-work on Led Zeppelin IV and in the movie actually has it’s origins in a painting of Christ called The Light of the World by the pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. The imagery was later transferred to the Waite tarot deck [the most popular tarot deck in use in the English-speaking world]. My segment was supposed to be the aspirant going to the beacon of truth, which is represented by the hermit and his journey toward it. What I was trying to say through the transformation was that enlightenment can be achieved at any point in time; it just depends on when you want to access it. In other words you can always see the truth, but do you recognize it when you see it or do you have to reflect back on it later?

filed under: the arts blogged: 07.44 Sat, 15 Dec '07

Sun 09 Dec 07

Pushing barriers, planting seeds...

filed under: the arts blogged: 20.08 Sun, 09 Dec '07

Sun 22 Apr 07

Qawalli Duel

[via 3 Quarks Daily]

filed under: the arts blogged: 18.41 Sun, 22 Apr '07

Sat 07 Apr 07

Auddie and Viddy Saturday

Oh well, I lost the first random 10... so here's an even more random 10. I've got lots to do, so I'll submit that as the premier excuse for not exhaustively linking and researching these ditties. Self serve:

1. Rafael Arias Paz- Kaluyos Tradicionales
2. Balkan Beat Box - Digital Monkey
3. The Kleptones - 0130 Psyche Haze (24 Hours)
4. Ruby - Grace
5. Charles Mingus - Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul
6. Beck - Shake Shake Tambourine (Black Tambourine)
7. Billy Bragg & Wilco - California Stars
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile
9. Sting - Englishman In New York
10. Ultra Nate - Get It Up (The Feeling)

Now for the funnies:


filed under: the arts blogged: 20.12 Sat, 07 Apr '07

Sat 31 Mar 07

Auddie and Viddy Saturday

It's a beautiful Saturday, thusly implying laziness, laughter, and extremely mellow movements from one object/activity to the other. I've so far: made an omelet (including a goose egg!), made a pot of coffee, been back to sleep 1x, retrieved mail from upstairs neighbor, answered the phone 1x, thought rather sensuous thoughts 2-10x, looked around for something interesting and returned to sift through the Bloglines feeds ?x. This anti-burst of inactivity runs counter to the massive pile-o-things I really need to do.

In that spirit, let's nuke some mythical creatures (via):

Here's that random 10:

1. Hello Tomorrow - Squeak E. Clean
2. Tolili - Telek
3. Oh Very Young - Cat Stevens
4. Hear My Name - Armand van Helden
5. Come Sail Away - Styx
6. The Laughing Policeman - Charles Jolly (1922)
7. Coast to Coast [.zip] - Elliot Smith
8. I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
9. Bananakontakt [.mp3]- Electric Banana Band
10. A Ring - Towa Tei

filed under: the arts blogged: 14.40 Sat, 31 Mar '07

Sat 24 Mar 07

Auddie and Viddie Saturday

First, the random music thing:

1. Love'll set me free - Michael Franti and Spearhead
2. Boliyaan - Gurdas Mann
3. Gay Messiah - Rufus Wainwright
4. Something Above the Mountains - Honey is Cool
5. Cry Love - John Hiatt
6. Arabian Boogie - Slim Gaillard
7. Scorpio Rising (Polyphonic Spree mix) - Death in Vegas
8. In Pea We Nuts - Pinkertones
9. We Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
10. Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me - Dean Martin

Now on to the video. I was at a lecture last night by the man I suppose I could call my guru, Andrew Harvey. It would take far longer than I have to type (I'm running the therapeutic youth group later today), but his passionate and powerful invocation of Rumi as the impetus of a new rise in Sacred Activism had me in ecstatic tears. He dropped in the lecture a tidbit I've seized upon: there will be a pilgrimage in Turkey in September of this year to Konya, Turkey to the wild man's tomb to celebrate his 800th birthday. I will be there. I must be. The seed cracked open and I had an A-HA! or, rather, an ADAB! moment.

UNESCO declared 2007 as the Year of Rumi. In that spirit and in the joy of Rumi's prophetic words, here is this week's viddie:


Inside this new love... die.
Your way begins on the other side
Become the sky...

filed under: the arts blogged: 09.15 Sat, 24 Mar '07

Sat 17 Mar 07

Auddie and Viddy Saturday

First off, the video I'm posting here is best enjoyed on the big screen, in the dark, and in a state of mind where you can readily absorb it (i.e. not engrossed in the ADHD style of intertube information sponging and electro-digital pursuit of sensual delights). Nope, this time it's about being meaningful. Ron Fricke's Baraka is one of my top five favorite films, and always will be. I posted a small excerpt before. Now, I post the whole thing, link via Mefi.

And, after you've been blown away by that, here's my random 10 iTunes ditties for this week (now with mp3s or Youtubery whenever possible and legal):

1. Rehab - Amy Winehouse
2. When I am Gone - Sparrow House
3. Nobody Home - Pink Floyd
4. On Your Wings - Iron and Wine
5. The Lowlickers - DJ Blockhead + Laureth
6. Duende - Lo' Jo
7. Husan - Bhangra Knights vs. Husan
8. Cup of Wonder (Drunk Cowboy Remix) - Faux Pas
9. You Think You Know Me - Zim Ngqawana
10. Shook Me All Night Long vs Get Your Freak On - Team 9 vs ACDC vs Stonebridge


filed under: the arts blogged: 12.51 Sat, 17 Mar '07

Thu 15 Mar 07

Goldsworthy: Magnifying Nature's Symmetries

I discovered this here in 1987 when I picked up a few horse-chestnut stalks and pinned them together with thorns, and I found that holding them up to the light was really beautiful. I wondered if I could span a couple of trees with them, and I was amazed that I could. Now here I am 30 years later making a mesh that spans a room 12m wide. I wanted to put this in to show the way things have grown, the technical things, you know....' One of Goldsworthy's talents is to make such intricate stunts look easy. At one point he quotes Whistler's notion that a work of art is not finished until all signs of the effort of making it have been removed. He likes that idea. I suggest the 'black hole', the great cairn of oak branches he has created up the corridor, as a good example of that. He laughs, in the way you might when thinking of the challenges of disciplining a high-spirited child. 'Stone to some extent has a system to it,' he says. 'But with wood every branch is totally different. I always look at the branches laid out on the grass before I begin and I think, "Oh fuck, here we go." I used to do them in a day. I can throw them up. But I took my time with this one, three days. To start with, you don't know what character it will take. If the base gets too wide it can be very sort of lumpen.' What he is trying to bring out, he says, is something like the same quality that existed in the original trees. 'That effortlessness. A tree is so perfect in its profile but it is underwritten by this enormous daily struggle over years and decades. That is the energy I am aiming for.' [many sweet images] [wiki] [arches]

filed under: the arts blogged: 13.13 Thu, 15 Mar '07

Tue 13 Mar 07

Homophobia and Historical Falsehoods of '300'

  • Frank Miller's literary themes have a tendency to evoke homosexuality as reserved for villains [1]
  • Director Zack Snyder admits to using homosexuality to scare young men [2]
  • The historical sexual reality of Sparta is far different than the world Miller and Snyder have created (strictly heterosexual, while the villains remain ostensibly queer) [3]
  • Far from being the prototypical democracy implied in 300, Spartans created slaves out of the underclass [4]
  • Spartans exercised extreme cruelty in crafting civil law [5]
  • In lieu of the distorted image of Spartan moral character, historical Spartans openly practiced eugenics, wherein babies of questionable health were weeded out by bathing them in wine until they convulsed [6] and tossed over cliffs to their death [7]
  • The film is crafted in such a way that the antagonists are quite dark skinned, sexually ravenous or physically deformed (well beyond historical reality). Many have cited the film for its rather overt racist tones [8]
  • Um, it really wasn't 300 [9]
  • In summation: "If 300, the new battle epic based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, had been made in Germany in the mid-1930s, it would be studied today alongside The Eternal Jew as a textbook example of how race-baiting fantasy and nationalist myth can serve as an incitement to total war. Since it's a product of the post-ideological, post-Xbox 21st century, 300 will instead be talked about as a technical achievement, the next blip on the increasingly blurry line between movies and video games." [10]

    filed under: the arts blogged: 12.42 Tue, 13 Mar '07

  • Sat 10 Mar 07

    Auddie and Viddy Saturday

    I learned the South African National Anthem when I was but a wee 14 year old lad in 1987 from watching Paul Simon's Graceland concert in Zimbabwe. N'kosi closed the show. I still get goosebumps. Sadly, while Apartheid is no more, the same xenophobic ideas still fuel hatred around the world. These few minutes of television from 20 years ago still give me hope that we shall overcome, someday.


    N'Kosi Sikelele Afrika, from Graceland: The African Concert.

    And, to continue from last week, here's 10 random ditties from the iTunes:

    1. Always on my Mind - Pet Shop Boys
    2. Bowl of Oranges - Bright Eyes
    3. Hi-Lo and Inbetween - Neil Halstead
    4. Shake a Tail Feather - Ray Charles (and the Blues Brothers)
    5. Skye Waulking Song - Capercaillie
    6. Sometimes - The Brand New Heavies
    7. Grimey Way - Big Noyd and Prodigy
    8. Red Bula - Balkan Beat Box vs. Mahala Raď Banda

    9. Circling Overland - Front 242
    10. Return to Patagonia - Lemon Jelly

    Weird: Mahala Raď Banda showed up with a song at #9 last week, and at #8 this week. Those are the only two songs I have of him out of 4,471. There is a 0.04473272198613285% chance of that happening. Oh great spirits of synchronicity, what have I to learn from this?

    Bonus: this Damn Interesting article is damn interesting:

    Consider that each human eye normally receives data at a rate of about 8.75 megabits per second, a bandwidth which is significantly greater than most high-speed Internet connections. The visual cortex is the most massive system in the human brain, and it is packed with pathways which manipulate the rush of visual data before handing it over to the conscious mind. When disease begins to kink this firehose of information, a legion of neurons are left standing idle.

    It is worth noting that the human brain already has significant talent in dealing with partial blindness. Every human eye has a blind spot where the optic nerve passes through the retina, and the visual cortex automatically fills in these blind spots by extrapolating what should be there based on the surrounding detail. Since a person's two blind spots do not overlap, the brain can also cross-reference the eye data when both eyes are active. In gradual-onset blindness, it is possible that these brain pathways attempt to fill in the new obscured areas. Since the eyes are sending reduced amounts of data with a greater frequency of errors, the visual cortex may produce more and more outlandish guesses.

    Try the experiment mid-page to perceive your blind spot. I verbally exclaimed loudly upon perceiving mine.

    filed under: the arts blogged: 10.50 Sat, 10 Mar '07

    Sat 03 Mar 07

    Auddie and Viddy Saturday:

    A random music video from my formative years (randomly pick'd from my brain):


    Safety Dance by Men w/o Hats

    Following the lead by Susan at Easy Bake Coven, here's 10 random songs from my iTunes:

    1. Serenade to a Cookoo - Rashaan Roland Kirk
    2. Orgone Accumulator - Hawkwind
    3. Bach is Dead - The Residents
    4. Tazm Dézolée - Patrick Andrey and Sonia Dersion
    5. Greek Song - Rufus Wainwright
    6. Last Living Souls - Gorillaz
    7. Talk Show Hoes - DJ Gyngyvytus
    8. Pink Panther Ska - The Skatalites
    9. Romano Dance - DJ Click vs Mahala Raď Banda
    10. Take Up The Pen - Alden Penner

    filed under: the arts blogged: 13.58 Sat, 03 Mar '07

    Sat 17 Feb 07

    Viddy Saturday: Think About Your Troubles


    From Harry Nilsson's The Point.

    filed under: the arts blogged: 10.48 Sat, 17 Feb '07

     

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