Friday Endorsements 4.18.14

Here we are, next Friday already. It’s like time is looping in, eh? Or spiraling out, not sure which. We have a show coming up, pop that sidebar if you live in Newark, NJ - Saturday, April 26th at the Index Art Center! Sunday the 27th, too, at Union Pool in Billyburg Brooklyn. We’re going to bring all our special forces, special forces…

But where are we now? Looping in, spiraling out?

It’s not Friday, its the resonance of Friday.

It’s not endorsements, its the spirit of endorsements.

Let’s jump!

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Double Endorsement!


1. Azealia Banks: Fantasea

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This is one badass woman hip-hopping all in your face. The production’s tight and Banks’ flow is unbeatable. It’s a mixtape so it’s free! Download it here:  
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If you wanna get right to the best stuff start at ‘F**k up the Fun’ and let it roll from there.  My personal fav lately is ‘Fierce’.  I love the sample in this track.


2.  Cotton Candy Machine (Brooklyn)
I’m a big fan of this gallery. Great taste. The artists they bring in are top tier. Top shelf. Top drawer. Top notch. Top of the pops. High tops.  Right now they’ve got this dude Dima Drjuchin with the cartoon wonder and someone named Ciou bringing the big-eyed intricacy. I’ll post a couple of pics here but they won’t do the detail justice.  You could spend a long time in this place peeping these paintings.  Get in there when you’re in Williamsburg. .
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Dima: 

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Ciou: 

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Now, somebody go buy Alan Deeb a burrito, in memory of a truly wonderful artist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Joe
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Personal Re-education Regarding Soviet Collapse, Post-Cold War Russia and Application to Better Understanding of the Ongoing Crisis in Ukraine

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So, yeah. My endorsement is complicated today. I’ve spent all spare time in last 2+ weeks on the above endeavor. So much has come from it, so much I’ve been itching to discuss or apply in a useful way. Paying close attention to what’s going on in Ukraine this past month has brought frustration, anger, sadness, even fleeting moments of glee - and has through it all been profoundly informative.

As to how far along I am in my self-directed re-education process, I’d say I have a way to go. This topic is like a giant onion and bound up in it are questions involving mono-polar global political power, self-determination on a personal and collective level, 20 plus years of absolutely devastating US foreign policy, EXTENSIVE propaganda from every direction imaginable, East/West relations, Non-alignment Movements, Capitalism, Communism, Terrorism, Russian Orthodoxy and Islam pit in opposition to post-modern liberal Western ideology, Putin’s career moves and his rise to huge popularity in Russia and many other countries of note, the destabilizing of the petrodollar, increased fracking on US soil for shale oil, and the list goes on infinitely.

I certainly don’t want to soapbox all over my developing opinions, which forever and always are to be considered in process, but I very much crave discussion on this topic. I’ve been amazed at how little I knew, what I had understood incorrectly.

Some observations so far…

Over the past few months, while out and about, I have noticed a bit of what is called ‘Russophobia’, which would be the un-informed or irrational fear of/or disgust with Russia (whether that be centering on social issues or political ones), mostly around Olympic times and mostly regarding the issues of LGBT rights and Pussy Riot, but as far as my experience goes it has been mild. Unfortunately, more predominant seems to be a lack of interest. 

If you “got beef” with Russia, for whatever reason, it’s probably a good idea to sincerely meditate on the issue and sort it out as clearly for yourself as possible. There’s a load of brain science that helps illustrate how unconscious biases (confirmation bias, bandwagon effect, false-consensus effect, etc) are the main hooks for propaganda of all ilk, but we can safeguard ourselves with attention and curiosity. I’m always trying to ‘de-bug’ myself by noticing these narrative hooks. So sneaky.

I have to make one thing clear: based on what I have been able to find, the US media and government has been non-stop lying, twisting, and obfuscating damage-control throughout the entirety of the Ukraine crisis.

Hence why I am advocating anyone with an interest in global affairs or social ethics look into this themselves, take a little time out to dig, and discuss it!

I think we should all be talking about it. The more I learn, the more this inevitably leads to the question of action. What is to be done? How? What can I do here, what can I do with the people I know? What can I do in communication with others around the globe? In what ways can we use our bodies and minds to foster and breath life into inspired innovations to problems that link us all together round this hot rock falling through space?

I’ll end with a few resources I’ve found useful. Skip if you want to avoid getting more of a sense of my Current Personal Pinions on the topic:

1) Be sure to watch some of recent speeches and addresses coming from the Russian government. I spent hours this week watching Putin, Lavrov, Pushkov, and others speak and I have to say, for me, to watch them has more than once provided a quick shock that gave me a burst of energy to keep digging. It’s a style and spirit of public address quite different from the ‘talking point’ theatrical grandstanding usually seen in the U.S. And to watch them speak to the EU and Western political/media folk really highlights the extreme level of absurdity in the behavior of the latter two, and the restraint and measured wit of the former. That’s what I’ve seen and read so far.

Did you notice that after yesterday’s Geneva de-escalation agreement between the US – Ukraine – EU – and Russia, each representative gave private media addresses at the same time in different rooms? At a diplomatic peace agreement press address! Lavrov mentions that this was at the behest of the other contributors to the talks (ie Catherine Ashton and John Kerry). Just simply stating this in passing, Lavrov lets the situation speak for itself.

At the PACE press address, reporters cut the various Russian leaders off, repeatedly imploring them to speak in English, and storming out of the room en masse. After finishing what they had come to say, in Russian, the floor was opened for questions to the few remaining. A question which had already been answered was asked in French. Immediately, the point was remade in fluent French.

It seems to me that the Russian leadership understands all too well that you can’t win an information war waged by grandiose liars, but with patience and restraint you can facilitate the amplification of said grandiose lies until they explode in the faces of the liars. Carlos Castaneda referred to this practice as ‘Stalking Petty Tyrants’.

I’m not saying you’ll see the same thing that I see in these videos, but you should watch some of em anyway: Rabid Danger Freaks or Reasonable Sounding Humans? Neither? And you’ve got a lifetime of U.S. presidential and Secretary of State addresses to compare/contrast to for super fun!  Remember this?  

Here is the statement made by Vitalii Churkin to the UNSC April 12 2014


And here is President Putin’s Address regarding the reunification of Crimea

**p.s. it’s hard practicing a detached attention when millions of people are in direct danger of civil war today. But I think the above aspect is an important part of understanding why things have gotten to the place they have, and where they seem to be heading in the future.

2) Finding the above public addresses probably would have been pretty tough had I not found a blog titled ‘The Vineyard of the Saker’. This is a blog run by an ex-military analyst who has since turned his efforts to anonymous armchair analysis of various world events as they unfold (often with a focus on military analysis, for obvious reasons). He lived in Moscow during the 1993 constitutional crisis, and has a number of key sources in Russia. He has a huge readership since he started covering the Ukraine crisis, and has been mirrored on some pretty prominent sites like Chris Hedges’ Truthdig. His commenters are proving to be a wealth of information, as well, often massing 60 to 100 multi-linked comments in hours time. He is focusing on daily SITREP analysis of Ukraine, and getting important addresses and videos translated or dubbed.

You may find that you disagree with his analysis, or you may be turned off by his being an Orthodox Christian unafraid to use scripture to illustrate a point (remember Russian Orthodoxy is an important piece of this puzzle, so don’t conflate it with any version of Christianity you’ve experienced in the US) but you will find that he is a tireless generator of resources and links that one can utilize to jump in whatever direction so chosen. I particularly recommend his series titled ‘Russia and Islam’ which can be searched for from the main page.

3) If you haven’t listened to Victoria Nuland’s now infamous phone call, please do. This is the voice of one of our foreign policy leaders. What do you hear? 

 

To the people of Ukraine in the days and weeks ahead, as well as to all who pay close attention to this struggle and contemplate it from the ‘zone of silence’: may your yoke be easy and your burden light!

Seth

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Nina Simone at the Montreux Jazz Festival

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A few months ago, I decided it was about time for me to dive into Nina Simone. Many of the musicians I love often cite her as one of their most powerful influences and I needed to see what she was all about. One afternoon, I was pondering what track to begin my exploration with, and started with her 9 minute live recording of Sinner Man (no video, only audio). Initially, I was tickled, but not blown away, as I expected to be. About 2/3rd’s of the way through the song, there was a moment where the piano player played a little flourish that nearly took my head off. I perked up and listened closer. The band had come to a sort of breakdown in the song and I started hearing her breathing. Then she started clapping, completely out of time and yet somehow still very with music. You could almost hear spirits welling up inside her. The song ended and I knew I was onto something autochthonous, something coming straight from the source.

I bought her ‘best of” collection and she sang to me for a few weeks during my commutes around the city, becoming more familiar with her burnt velvet voice and her ferocious piano playing. I felt like I was getting let in on some huge secret. LIttle did i knew, my mind had yet to fully fathom what this woman could do.

A short while later, I was looking for a live video of Ms. Simone to really get a grasp on what that may have been like. I found this:



This video is a collection of her performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival, and here lies the golden bleeding sun of her material. She is simply bewitching. You can practically see the ghosts and gods moving through her, tearing her this way and that, effortlessly bubbling with all the emotion and energy available to one who really taps into that ever elusive source. This, to me, is the most important and hardest thing to do in life. She has tapped in and is such a palpable conductor; speaking in tongues, moving with grace, ripe truths about humanity flying off the cuff as quickly and fluidly as her hands move over the keys of that lucky piano. She is completely bare. She is completely aware. The look in her eyes is haunting.

Do yourself a favor, take and hour and a half, turn the lights off, commit to it, and watch this performance.

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The Speedy Surrealist: Quentin Dupieux

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Have you seen any of this guy’s mooovies? He keeps making them all fast and incredible like! There are so few filmmakers that have come and gone that know how to tickle the surrealist fish just right: Jodorowsky, Luis Bunuel, and Ryan Trecartin have long been favorites of mine. Dupieux, with his first three rapid-fire feature length films (2011, 2013, 2014 U.S. releases), has surely secured himself among the above masters in no time at all. Where did this guy come from?

Before he was Quentin Dupieux (well…after he was the baby Dupieux and before he was the film director Dupieux), the man was known as Mr. Oizo and he was a human electronic musician named after a corruption of the word “bird” in French. His first big hit in Europe came in 1999 with a track called Flat Beat. Flat Beat was picked up by Levi’s to be featured in one of their ads, and Mr. Oizu began shilling for the Jean Monster with a few commercials featuring a small yellow puppet called Flat Eric. As far as I know the commercials were directed by Dupieux, which you can look up as you please, but the music video for the song Flat Beat certainly was directed by him. It looks like this:



Eventually, it seems, Dupieux and Flat Eric became disillusioned with Levi’s and Flat Eric made a break for it after serving his time in this non-commercial short film, WHERE’S THE MONEY GEORGE?:



I like to think that after that, Dupieux, handsomely paid by the multinational corp, turned his weird ass around and created his own film company to do with whatever he pleased. Thank the Goldsmith for that! The company is called Realitism Films, and these oddities are truly something special. Mr. Oizo shed the moniker, and new film director Quentin Dupieux released his first full length vision: Rubber.

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Rubber is a “horror film” about a psychic rubber car tire that explodes humans with its mind. Yes, a killer rubber tire. You already have a pretty good idea whether or not you’re gonna jive with Mr. Dupieux’s universe right there. I consider this film absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Oh, and with original music by Mr. Oizo and one of the dudes in Justice. 



Following that was last year’s Wrong, among the best movies to come out all year. This one is a bit more dreamy and whimsical.

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A man named Dolph Springer loses the love of his life, his dog Paul, and encounters a whole slew of interesting folks on his quest to bring Paul safely home: a nymphomaniac pizza deliverer, a French-Mexican gardener, a Wrong Cop, a pet detective, and Master Chang (a totally brilliant William Fichtner) as a spiritual leader that is primarily concerned with the psychic and emotional connection between dog and man.  Check it:



And, finally, this week I had the pleasure of viewing Wrong Cops. Wrong Cops is NOT a sequel to Wrong, how dare you assume such things? It’s just that when Mark Burnham filmed his cop scene in Wrong, Dupieux was so inspired that he quickly wrote another scene for him, and then a whole movie.

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This one is about cops that do wrong tings, got it? It has car humping, pot sold in dead rats, Marilyn Manson, and Eric Wareheim. It is also awesome, though certainly more free-form…which is to say it makes even fewer concessions to any sense of convention or “pay off” that movies usually come packaged on. I imagine if you are in this French surrealist rabbit tree with me, then it’ll be just what you need. Lookie:



So, this is why we don’t have nice things! Crazy musicians all trying to make movies without plots and stuff. Enjoy your chaos, suckers!

Seth

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CAKE (the band)


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I’ve loved CAKE for a long time, since a friend turned me on to Fashion Nugget back there in the ’90s. There’s not another band much like them. John McCrea has a singular voice and writing style: unaffected, deadpan funny, and controlled. Every once in a while I’m convinced he has the best voice in the history of singing.  Add to that Greg Brown’s unrivaled twang-rock guitar and it’s no wonder they’re the best American band since Johnny Mitchell.  (GB left the band long ago but don’t sweat it.)

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Just recently I decided to see what these guys have been up to and it turns out what they’ve been up to is straight-up goodness.  First of all, they created their own record label because Columbia was pushing them to release a greatest hits record and Cake knew that would be lame. So they built a solar-powered studio and recorded 2011’s “Showroom of Compassion” entirely with electrons shoved around by Helios. The whole record!  Everything! The energy they don’t use goes right into the grid.  
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That’s one thing you can read about on their website along with the “Cake Forest” (where they track the growth of trees they’ve given away as prizes across the continent), a tool to find a safe community banks near you, and a carpool page so fans can set up ride shares to their shows.  There’s also an advice page where the band replies to questions. 
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Following Cake on facebook is a real pleasure because they post serious news items and interesting articles, usually with the tag “Explain your concerns.”  The congruence with NBP is marked, and much loved.  Here’s a band in the Worker Harder Together spirit, doing it right. Level-headed and engaged, without soapboxing. Humble superheroes from Sacramento.  
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The newest tagline on their homepage is “Candide or Don Quixote?”  I’m so close in the soul to both of those books that I’m starting to think Cake was sent by the Goldsmith specifically to thrill me.  
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Joe
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p.s. I hope one of my compatriots is endorsing The Ragged Claws today, an historically smart and moving play by Lina Patel.  We saw it last night. This production at Cherry Lane theatre in Manhattan is running for TWO MORE NIGHTS ONLY.  Get there if you can.  Our lover Kahan James is a part of the supremely talented cast.  A diamond among diamonds. Very well done, folks.
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SZA - Z
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Been waiting on this a while. Spacey, sensual electronic R&B with a kick. I endorsed SZA’s previous EP S a while back. This is her first full length and it makes damn good on the promise she gave in 2013. Everything I loved about her previous EP’s and singles are here in full form, if tempered a bit. There’s a little less darkness than on S, which is a bit of a bummer but not if in exchange we get some pop gems. Which we do, in the form of Julia. Also great guest spots from Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.
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Stream the whole thing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5BZu6GEXu8
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Mark

Friday Endorsements 4.4.14

Hi! Do you like endorsements?

……cause, that’s sort of what we do here, dude.


LODRO

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Listen to their music here and definitely see them play it live. One of my favorite local acts, with one of my favorite guitarists I’ve seen maybe ever. Something special in this band. Dark, smokey, bluesy. Certainly in possession of evil magic, which they dispatch with an appropriate amount of discretion. “Neo noir punk” they call it and that seems to nail it.
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Big Sleep for Alice, ”Lazy Bones" and "If Life Was Like A Movie" are my favorites. I put them on repeatedly when I need to scare the shit out myself.
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-Mark
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Valerie by Celestial Shore
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I saw these guys by chance about a year ago (two years ago?) in Brooklyn. They’re incredible musicians.  Really interesting unconventional guitar work, crazy precise drumming.  I really like their songs because I never have any idea where they’re going to go.  How do they come up with this stuff?  I found myself thinking the other day “I wish I could be a fly on the wall of their rehersal/writing space.”  And then I tried to remember which comedian said something like:  That’s a dumb saying. Why would you want to be a fly who no one wants around and who can’t even understand English?  You should say ‘I wish I was someone these guys trusted enough to have around while they worked.’   
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Still can’t remember. Norm MacDonald?  My favorite track by Celestial Shore is Valerie.
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Venezuelan Prez Nicholas Maduro’s NYT Open Letter
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This week, I’d like to endorse Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro’s open letter to Americans published in the New York Times this Tuesday. In doing so, I realize I may incite ‘feelings’. Lots of people, it seems, have feelings about the publication of this piece.

‘A disgrace giving voice to such a despicable human’, someone vigorously typed. ‘Comparing a gutter to the NYTimes is an insult to the gutter!’

Well, ok! I’ll try to explain my thought process arriving at what I think this letter is about, why I find the response to it fascinating, and what it all might say – nay, scream! – about the condition of our global politics. As I am explaining a thought process, I am leaving what I write open as a part of a pattern recognition exercise that is constantly looking for new information. If I’m faulty, give me your information. Por favor.  

This is what Mr. Maduro wrote to US: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/opinion/venezuela-a-call-for-peace.html?_r=1

And this is what he is being accused of in the Western medias: rising crime rates, violent protests, massive censorship and jailing of members of the press, a giant inflation rate that has left Venezuelan’s without toilet paper. He’s a hallucinating, out of his mind narcissist on his way to brutal dictatorship.

The Western solution? Sanctions, support of opposition, regime change. The people are calling for change they can believe in! Sound familiar?

Maduro’s self-professed commitment to carrying forward the ‘new democratic project’ started with Chavez and his revolution, his slashing of extreme poverty figures, his lessening the gap between extreme wealth and extreme poverty, and his work with public programs like free education and healthcare aren’t so much debunked as drowned out with noise and feigned horror.

Another interesting thing to keep in mind is that Maduro’s opposition in the democratic elections that landed him the presidency had been campaigning against Chavez for years leading up to this election. Most of them are Western backed and seek to return their country under the safe wings of the IMF, NATO, and the “structural conditionalities” that would guarantee national compliance to the loaning, occupying empire. The fact that in a time of extreme sorrow and uncertainty over Chavez’ death, with increasing economic attacks from the outside leveled at the suffering of the citizens of Venezuela, and propaganda power-beaming the whole time, that Maduro was able to take the elections by 55% is quite impressive.

It’s at least no less legitimate than our neck and neck elections of the past years, eh? Is it less legitimate than the 98% vote from the Crimean people confirming themselves as Russian citizens?

Is there dissent in Venezuela? That seems obvious. Things are currently difficult. Their money is going out of control, resources are disappearing. However, is it possible that people living inside of Venezuela have a more sober realization of what is happening in their country given what South America went through with the repeated economic attacks from the West during the 70s and 80s? Is it possible that the thinking is far more complicated than the black and white shooting from our TV screens? These people would like to not suffer. A majority of them joined Chavez as he embarked on the impossible attempt to openly say “no thanks” to US Imperialism, to gain some sense of national independence, and most seemed quite aware that things would get worse before they got better because the fix they were trying to implement had nothing to do with cosmetics.

The IMF offers makeovers that erode a country from the inside. When the fix is cosmetic and therefore temporary, it’s much easier to sway a population plummeted into terrifying conditions to accuse their own government for the problems. Usually, you still get to act like the benevolent loan angel.

And besides all that, given the state of global politics right now is it not understandable that folks inside of a country might be misinformed or confused about the cause-effect relationships between their leaders and the conditions in which they find themselves? I can’t think of any other way to make sense of the absolute arrogance coming from so many US citizens who criticize Putin, Maduro, Al-Assad, or whomever else is the “crazy enemy of the day” in today’s Great Dominance Games. I’m not even trying to defend these people right now. I’m simply saying this is absolutely a “don’t badmouth your brother for the speck in his eye when you’ve got a log in yours” type of situation.

President Barack Obama is set to walk out of office forever known as the “biggest liar” in U.S. Presidential history. Every single platform promise.

In this light, Maduro’s open letter might be seen as a truly generous gesture aimed at average American citizens and not the government. It’s an acknowledgement that we truly are being held hostage globally by post-modern imperialism, and that if the Empire falls everybody suffers – even relatively independent countries like Russia, China, Brazil, etc. It’s a call for dialogue between people who live in a world where the elite power players have been operating on a borderless globe for nearly 100 years, while still dividing and conquering the little people who still live in, and identify with, their nations. We have choices, but alternative choices are going to be made maximally painful if they are to weaken either the actual or perceived dominance of the reigning empire.  

At this point we really have to be starting from the assumption that the US is the aggressor, that tried and true tactics will be used to achieve aims, and work backwards to prove such an assumption wrong.

Hard power: bombs, drones, war drums, etc.
Soft power: NGOs, economic warfare, psychological manipulation of public opinion, etc.

In other words, when listening to the words of these leaders that are saying “thanks but no thanks” to US brand democracy publicly, suspend judgment on how evil they are for the moment, and ask yourself if they a) are telling the truth about our Democracy & Freedom Empire, b) if they have the right to attempt to do things differently than you.

Is post-modern US Imperialism responsible for every problem the world faces? No. However, I do think it is the greatest human threat to life on earth right now (save the “mismanagement” of nuclear facilities the world over).

Here’s the truth: I don’t currently have any personal contacts in Russia or Venezuela. I don’t have the means to travel to either place currently. This is the case for many, many people with official opinions about the world while living in the US. We are increasingly raised to feel like we live on a borderless globe, while our actual mobility to and immersion in cultures contrary to our “homeland” is covered in red tape. Our data pool consists of the words of our leaders, the evidence from the actions of our leaders, the same for leaders in other countries, our “homeland” media, global social media, and the study of history. Propaganda lives on the internet in the form of “independent” youtube videos from pretty young protestors in Ukraine, through internet trolls, through “viral” social media memes. We have to think about surfaces and mirrors, about cover story and content – we are after all dealing with diametrically opposed psychological dispositions when talking about the average person and one who’s sole motivation is power and control. 

The story is that the NYTimes decided to run Maduro’s open letter in order to add a sense of balance, having just run a piece by one of the opposition leaders critical of Maduro’s government. I think the NYTimes knew that such a piece from Maduro would be readily and easily attacked using the same tactics that have been used by our press and meme’d by the population to demonize leaders of other countries. I’m not inclined to overstate praise for any major US media outlet though some still struggle to publish independent material, and I am thankful for the Times allowing this piece to be run. I am thankful to Nicholas Maduro for taking the time to write it, and for continuing to interact with our press despite extreme ignorance and insulting behavior repeatedly trumpeting.

For example, check out this Maduro interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37901.htm

Love,

Seth

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7. spending money and buying things

8. parking

9. fixing things

10. writing letters

11. writing maps and inventing street names

12. putting the garden in the house

13. pointy things

14. knobbly things

15. smooth things

16. endorsing on a Friday

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Saga
by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
 
First of all, here’s the best thing that happened to me all week:  Kid Snippets
 
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But that has very little to do with Saga
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  Want some comics?  Read Saga. This artwork in this series is fantastic. Fiona Staples deserves some PRAISE. Such cool character design. The story’s pretty good too. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars. Two soldiers from opposing warring worlds (one world of winged people against the horn-adorned people of their own moon) fall in love, have a wing-horn baby, and head out on the run from freelance hitmen and the Robot Royalty who want them dead.  The major underlying theme seems to be perpetual conflict and how the elite pit the powerless against one another. I’m interested to see where they’ll take it. 
  
  Here’s my major beef with the publication: the writer drops F bombs in every other sentence. S bombs too, and C bombs and some more F bombs. Now, I like the casual “fuck” as much as the next guy but these don’t really seem honest or deserved. Every character sounds like a high school delinquent. Or more accurately, the writer does; it takes me out of the story almost every time. The entire series is diminished, IMO, by this lazy, unimaginative language.  At one point a mother tells her son that her life wouldn’t be worth a wet shit without him.  This when they’re about to be killed.  Will Smith don’t gotta cuss to sell comics!  Brian K Vaughan also wrote Y: The Last Man, which was awesome, and I don’t remember having this problem then.  Anyway, it’s still cool. If you’re into sci-fi comics, go get this one.
Joe

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NYC: Kill the Restaurant Letter Grading System

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Alright, negative endorsement time. I’m getting very tired of the restaurant letter grading system. This system has only been around since 2010, and already it has served to brainwash many New Yorkers into treating their neighborhood restaurants like perfectionist stage moms “disappointed” at their underachieving teenagers. It’s silly.

What’s less silly and more sad is that many folks don’t seem to be able to think about this thing in any really logical fashion. They’re blind to the fact that the letter grade system is a racket, a swindle, a scheme being perpetuated by the government with a little “for your own good” propaganda slapped on it. The more “consumers” buy the propaganda line, the more small business gets harassed and squeezed and this fine city loses some more of its guts for a touched-up image.

To be clear: restaurant safety is a real concern. Obviously. Obviously. Thousands of people are hospitalized every year in this city alone over food related illnesses. Restaurants that make people sick deserved to be penalized and closed.

People who dine at restaurants and don’t do their own cooking should also always do their own research. Talk to your small business owners. Look into the health department’s standards. Get to know your body. Communicate.

What, pray tell, do we expect is the difference between a restaurant with a proud ‘A’ and that evil stain with a ‘B’ or a ‘C’? I’ll tell you. If the restaurant is still serving food and they have one of these “bad” grades, you can only be sure that it indicates one thing: the health department was able to barge in, gestapo style, usually in the middle of lunch or dinner, stop food production for up to an hour, and take $$$ from the restaurant’s pocket and put it in their own based on a pointed system of fines.

What kind of fines?

*Not displaying one’s super official letter grade with sufficient prominence and reverence

*Cracked tiles

*Broken light bulbs

*Boxes on the floor

*Pickling one’s own pickles without a license

And any number of other fines that could be argued as being related to a restaurant’s level of sanitation, but are not clearly and directly related. Long story short, a health department worker can walk into a restaurant during it’s busiest hours, walk out with thousands of dollars of fines racked up to be put into daddy DiBlasio’s pocket to make our fair city Better Safer Stronger. And when the health department worker leaves, they leave behind this letter grade that customers have to deeply consider before walking though the doors. Are there vermin?? Is it just “sorta dirty”? Maybe they only kind of care about safety? Thousands more in potential revenue lost, and an erosion of trust between the business and their customer base.

What is also interesting is how restaurants with more perceived revenue are often subject to more searches and greater fines, while hole-in-the-wall restaurants with visible cockroaches on the floor chill with easy A’s.

This sort of image-based money making scheme coming from the government is directly related to the phenomenon of storefront theaters, family owned restaurants, publicly free parks, and more being replaced by Starbucks, signs for Starbucks, and theme park style retail stores. Oh, and all smokers should be fined and shamed if caught smoking in public! It is also related to police forces under reporting on crime, and being pressured to fill secret monthly quotas for other types of fines and tickets.

Step on up! What appears to be the greatest and safest city in all the land?

-Seth

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Future Islands - Singles

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I don’t need to say any more about Future Islands than is probably already being said somewhere else right now. Yes, if you haven’t seen their Letterman performance you should probably just do it. I still have a hard time putting my finger on the magic of that performance or articulating why it has me so in its grip. It’s the alchemy of its elements. Same goes for the record, Singles. I know what I hear here: lean pop songwriting, synthy mid-tempo new-wavey tunes, a shocking amount of simplicity and earnestness. But it’s more difficult to understand why I’m so attracted to it. It’s disarming. Is there a terror there? Yes, but i have scant evidence to point to. There’s something so off-putting about this record that I crave. I’d be much more comfortable as a slave if I knew what exactly I was a slave to. I wake up with these songs, they float in and out through the day, worming their melodies through my mind and subtly making me tense and anxious and kind of…scared? In a good way? I can’t imagine myself listening to let alone liking let alone loving this record if it wasn’t for the ineffable strangeness that I don’t even know is there. I’m freaked out and loving it.

-Mark

Friday Endorsements 3.21.14

Last-minute show success! We were so happy to see all your faces last night for Audio Femme’s showcase at Hotel Chantelle. Did you have fun? Did you have anything else?


Well, have a seat and let’s do the endorsement thing!


Inflation of the Universe at the Beginning of Time

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This week there were major (truly major) discoveries made that could fundamentally change (and enhance!) our knowledge of the universe. They were made by a lonely little observational facility at the South Pole, which sits there in the cold all day every day, looking into the cosmos and backwards in time. The discoveries are being referred to as “observed gravitational waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.”
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Here are some articles that explain what the hell that is way better than I ever could: The New Yorker, The Guardian and Phil Plait of Slate (one of my favorite astronomy writers, hokey as he may be). Basically, from what I understand, the discoveries say that, in just a fraction of a second’s time, a mere fraction of a second after the big bang occurred, the universe expanded to a trillion trillion trillion trillion times it’s previous size. I certainly can’t wrap my mind around that, but what I get from it is that by being able to observe phenomena this close to the genesis of the universe (as the New Yorker article says, “a million billion billion billion billion billion times closer to the Big Bang than any previous direct observation”), we are so much closer than we ever have been to being able to delve into and examine fundamental forces of the universe. It also links quantum mechanics and relativity in ways that, while wholly unclear at the moment, are pretty inescapable.
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I feel like a phony even trying talk about this stuff, because I understand it so little. But I know that this is a huge discovery that has huge implications for our understanding of the universe, and that’s really exciting. I’m surprised it hasn’t been more widely covered, aside from a viral video of a physicist crying. This is a big deal. I’ll certainly be paying close attention to what comes of it.
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Computer Decay by Infinity Frequencies
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Vaporwave. I’ll be honest, when this genre tag first came into the lexicon I had trouble taking the music so categorized seriously. Far from finding it offensive, I more saw it as a logical elaboration of Girl Talk style mashup where it was all about the artifact referenced, the zany new context, and the LULZ that result. It was funny. I almost didn’t care to look further.
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However, the more I pay attention to this music the more I’m introduced to these sonic adventurers with big ideas, big questions, and all the tools and processes they need to ask them. This is, of course, why genre labeling as a style of critique isn’t helping anyone learn anything - it’s a false value marker that effectively stops thought and dulls awareness of those rebellious living elements that don’t jive with the genre tag. It’s trying to remove the ambiguity from an experience which is hinged on ambiguity and how it is resolved (or not) by the experiencer.

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So, Computer Decay. We have that title and this really beautiful and haunting cover art - are those stone men, ancient sculptures, dragged out and placed under rude florescent light? A modest dignity: I’m here now. I do not appear as my creator originally intended. I am not possessing of the same meaning. But, I’m here now.

The music matches this mood. There is a sadness, yes, a nostalgia. But here, too, is a sense of power and freedom (dare I use that word) in choosing to take an active approach to the experience of a fully digital and fully corporate environment.

"Surf’s up!" Brian Wilson would say "aboard the tidal wave"…

Computers decay. People do too. Meaning can be drained from a symbolic container, and meaningless symbols can be imbued with “add on value”. I have to suspect that there is some serious consideration and self-examination going on with many of these vaorwave artists as they take a surgeon’s scalpel to the amorphous blob of branded corporate muzak that was embedded into their psyches from birth, trying to make real sense of the Apple start up sounds and celebrity penned Coca-cola jingles, the tones of ubiquity in a global world.

Infinity Frequencies sticks to very short tracks here, rarely moving past a minute, and this contributes to the feeling of the whole, tiny waves lapping against some hardened surface. And this accumulation leading to the end of the album, so simple, feels shocking - almost like what just happened is impossible. And yet, there it is. The silence ticks on.

I won’t go into a ramble of the potential political implications of such an approach to music making, but I will say that I think this type of music is turning into a body of evidence that in the endless war between elite control freaks and the organic cultural permutations they seek to brand, there are still some tricks up the sleeves of the creative adventurers. 

-Seth

Add on edit: I must give specific credit to the online music blog Tiny Mix Tapes for continuing to implore it’s readership to think about and engage with vaporwave. I would likely have not paid continued attention, owing to general lack of aesthetic interest and premature value judgement, had the writers there not continued to introduce various artists and write so eloquently about their experiences with this music. Most fascinatingly, they’ve been bringing the discussion into the context of an ongoing refutation of Simon Reynold’s central thesis in his most recent book Retro Mania. Keep up the good work, TMT!
Last minute show tomorrow night at Hotel Chantelle with XNY.  The show is free, people.  NBP at 9:30.   https://www.facebook.com/events/1433819043523321/

Last minute show tomorrow night at Hotel Chantelle with XNY. The show is free, people. NBP at 9:30. https://www.facebook.com/events/1433819043523321/

Friday Endorsements 3.14.14

Well, we’ve been out of endorsement flow for the last few weeks so that we could focus on our record release show. You already know how we feel about that whole experience. We liked it! And it was good! And we still are having fun! And we want to do it again! And…something is missing…

It’s the endorsements, ladies and guys. Today, we return to our solemn duty. We dug up this old Lithuanian folk song about endorsing to get us in the right mood:



Endo, endo, endo

plug it in the wall

you just press blend-o

Endo, endo, endo

Empty inbox

and hit resend-o



It isn’t a great song, but charming nonetheless. No? Let’s endorse!


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This band rules. They have an album coming out next month called Lithium Burn, and in the meantime there are two songs you can hear here on their soundcloud page.  These two songs have been filling me up for weeks. I love them both and they’re so wildly different from each other they barely sound like the same band.

"Stutter" is the lead single and might be experienced best in this Dustin Diamond-studded video: http://youtu.be/uhQtxhi6T8A   Dan Scheuerman’s voice is so good with the vocal fx. The guitar is so slick, the production is slick, the switches to halftime slick. Everything is slick and tasty.

"Songs of Leaving Behind" is a slower, more melancholy number. It’s beautiful and if I think too hard while listening to it I run a serious risk of breaking down. I’ve been taking that chance repeatedly lately. I sing the song all day at work under my breath and whistle it in the bathroom.  The lyrics are sweet. The dirty guitars sit in the mix perfectly, the clean guitars are sparse and arhythmic perfectly, the drums sound great, so perfectly; the beat around a minute into the track is the best ever, how many of you out there can play that beat? I wouldn’t even know how to try.  Everything’s so good, don’t think about anything I’m saying, just listen to it. The chord changes at the pre-choruses, god damn. Good.

The band can reach great heights without getting loud, which perplexes me.  And they can get loud too, when they want, which fuels my neverending need for Rock.  They run the gamut, dude. They cover that spectrum. I trust them. I’m happy to know about it.  
 
 

JOE


Snarky Oscar Commentary, Not

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When I was in high school, I found my first major self-identity branding marker: film lover, cineaste, cinephile. Every week my fellow enthusiast John Ericson and I would order obscure and foreign film on VHS from the public library. Difficult to find Orson Welles, Andrei Tarkovsky from Russia, Michelangelo Antonioni from Italy, Abbas Kiarostami from Iran. We had a window to the world.

Then there were the Oscar parties. Again, usually John and I and maybe 3 others. My mom would roll out the red carpet and bake, bake, bake. We would compete over our predictions. It was thrilling!

Of course, I became jaded with this whole Oscar business in good time. How could they continue to get it so wrong? Why didn’t they honor the truly daring, the truly unique? I didn’t yet understand how money-injected industry bends everything, presenting to the public the most lucrative version of ______ (insert activist concern, experiential paradigm, etc).

I began wasting a lot of energy loudly proclaiming the Academy Awards to be total BS, not understanding that my intense caring suggested I felt otherwise. I notice this in others as I wait tables on Monday after the Oscars these days. Everybody cares so much about this award ceremony, but usually in a negative sense. At this point, it isn’t bad cooler talk at its most innocent. But, really, I’d rather spend a week in March geeking out with people about films that turned me way on, that took the art form in new directions, that thrilled and terrified, that give me a more accurate understanding of environments I don’t inhabit and only hear about through screens of propaganda. Films still do this! I watch them!
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Here are a bunch of films from 2013 that weren’t particularly recognized, lauded, or sanctioned by elite interests but blew my mind door wide open. Perhaps you will find a connection, too?
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1. The Act of Killing, Josh Oppenheimer
2. Computer Chess, Andrew Bujalski
3. Upstream Color, Shane Carruth
4. Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine
5. Before Midnight, Richard Linklater
6. Bestiere, Denis Cote
7. Post Tenebras Lux, Carlos Reygadas
8. A Touch of Sin, Zhangke Jia
9. Wrong, Quentin Dupieux
10. The World’s End, Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg
11. The Rambler, Calvin Reeder
12. Drinking Buddies, Joe Swanberg
13. Side Effects, Steven Soderbergh
14. Room 237, Rodney Ascher
15. Drug War, Johnnie To
16. Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Verena Paravel

Did you roll with any of these this past year? Can we talk about them? Any more you think I should make a priority (I have a list of about 15 more films from 2013 I haven’t had time to see yet)? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so drop me a message and lets film geek out…

-Seth


Until next week, friends and lovers!

 //Not Blood Paint

Thank you.

Sexy Mother, that was a hell of a show on Saturday. What a release! We couldn’t be more humbled or grateful to have spent that night with you. Such an audience! As enthusiastic and as present as it gets. A noticeable lack of cameraphones in the air made clear that the Goldsmith was in attendance, breathing steadily in and out for all of us. The TAZ was in full effect.


Of course we couldn’t have made the show half as flavorful as it was without the many people who helped us put all the little details in place. Our incredible, brilliant, generous friends support us continuously, with little material reward. It may not be possible to return their favors on earth but that won’t stop us from listing them here on our blog!

Aimee Arciuolo
Amanda Hollenbeck
Ashleigh Twining
Audrey Selles-Czuk
Booters Liebmann-Smith
Erin Reid
James PM Lee
Kahan James
Nathaniel Clapp
Nick Link
Michael Allen Daley
Racheal Selles-Czuk
Ryan Locke

These beautiful beings donated their time and wild talent to help us produce and improve the show we wanted to put on. We love them all eternally. Thanks, guys.

Thank you Miniboone and Monogold for being awesome. Your musics are inspiring and you make us glad to know you. Thank you Radio Bushwick, for being so congenial, and for putting up with our unusual requests.

Thank you again to everyone who came to the show, or who was there in spirit, raging. Thanks to our large group of friends who came from out of state. Thank you all for talking to us, for the kind words, for buying our merch, for shaking our hands and hugging us. Thank you for sharing your invaluable energy. We feel both peacefully blessed and sharply spurred forward to the next frontier.

If you or anyone you know bought boxes or books or vials, let us know where they ended up—send us a pic or a note letting us know where you’ve placed them or how you’re putting them to use. We’re curious.

We hope you’re enjoying Time to Deliver. We promise to maintain our conviction and to wrench up the party knob past eleven to celebrate the world and the things we like about it.

Be brave and get busy, lovers. 
Thank you.

NBP 

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Be with us this Saturday at Radio Bushwick to celebrate the release of our new record, Time to Deliver.

Limited edition physical treasures will be available.

Special guests: Miniboone, Monogold

https://www.facebook.com/events/520930984693396/?ref=22

Also check out this write up from the Deli: http://nyc.thedelimagazine.com/17068/not-blood-paint-celebrates-time-deliver-ep-release-radio-bushwick-on-0308

Greeeeeetings! How’s everybody doing today? We’re feeling loose and limber, loose and limber…So, we’ve been furiously concocting, diffusing, constructing, re-invigorating, tidying, dirtying, weaving, and exercising for one very good reason:

It’s Time to Deliver.

You know it. We know it. Thanks for being here. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your feedback. We want to celebrate with you, play you some tunes, drip some sweat, unravel a bit in the company of friends. March 8th, Radio Bushwick, we’ll be joined by our pals Monogold and Miniboone. Doors at 8:00, don’t be late! Time to Deliver may be digital music, but that won’t stop us from providing handmade relics that will physically represent this music at our show.
Will you come? Will you pledge $10? Will you bring your neighbor and lover and uncle? Come, be with us, here:
It’s Time to Deliver.

As you can tell, we’re incapable of endorsing this week. We’ve been much time, much run, much fun. Drop us an endorsement or two over on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you!

See you next week,
Not Blood Paint

Greeeeeetings! How’s everybody doing today? We’re feeling loose and limber, loose and limber…

So, we’ve been furiously concocting, diffusing, constructing, re-invigorating, tidying, dirtying, weaving, and exercising for one very good reason:

It’s Time to Deliver.

You know it. We know it. Thanks for being here. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your feedback. We want to celebrate with you, play you some tunes, drip some sweat, unravel a bit in the company of friends. March 8th, Radio Bushwick, we’ll be joined by our pals Monogold and Miniboone. Doors at 8:00, don’t be late! Time to Deliver may be digital music, but that won’t stop us from providing handmade relics that will physically represent this music at our show.

Will you come? Will you pledge $10? Will you bring your neighbor and lover and uncle? Come, be with us, here:

It’s Time to Deliver.

As you can tell, we’re incapable of endorsing this week. We’ve been much time, much run, much fun. Drop us an endorsement or two over on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you!


See you next week,


Not Blood Paint

Time to Deliver is released.  You can listen at bandcamp and download at will: http://notbloodpaint.bandcamp.com/album/time-to-deliver

Thank you for your support.

Time to Deliver is released. You can listen at bandcamp and download at will: http://notbloodpaint.bandcamp.com/album/time-to-deliver

Thank you for your support.

Friday Endorsements 2.21.14

Call the phlebotomist! We’ve got vials to fill and endorsements to tattle on…

Gotta say, we’re really happy that so many of you are digging the new music video for Ready About! Hope you’ve marked the calendar and started spreading the word about our March 8th record release party at Radio Bushwick. We want to embrace you with sounds!

We’d love to take a quick opportunity to tell you about some of folks that helped make the Ready About video possible. Here goes…
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First up is Julien Kanor. He’s from Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, and has been a dancer, choreographer, and instructor all over the world. We met Julien a few years back when he moved into our former loft space. We had built the space for performances (both theater and music). Julien and his crew moved in, gave it an amazing Beetlejuice-esque paint job, and filled the stage wall with a dance mirror. So when we asked Julien if he’d be interested in helping us choreograph an old hermit dance sequence, he graciously invited us into his home for rehearsal and coaching. Julien is a patient teacher, a formidable dancer, and all around cool guy. Check out the man in action right here!

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Next, Gillian Twining. Gillian is an incredible freelance F/X artist, and also happens to be Seth’s kick-ass sister-in-law. She’s made jaguar heads, full body voodoo priest costumes, human-anatomy-defying satyr goat legs, spirit-animal hoodies, and so much more. She helped us figure out what supplies we needed, how to think about makeup design for what we were looking to achieve, and stood literally for 2 ENTIRE DAYS applying and reapplying these makeups for us. We learned so much from this process. Gillian is currently raising money to study at the Vancouver School of Film, so if you are interested in helping her out with a donation you can do so here. She is also accepting commission requests, so if you have any F/X projects you need help realizing (say, that incredible owl mohawk hair piece featured in the video?), talk to Gillian!

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Next, we have to recognize our family patriarch: James PM Lee. James directed Ready About, but this man has been working magic for NBP for years. He’s our official videographer, he makes incredible graphic posters and designs (check out his super cool father-son timeline photoshoot above), he has a heartwarming comic strip called Nick Walks the Dinosaur, he has many correct opinions, and is, quite frankly, one of our best friends in the whole world. Honestly, NBP might not still exist without James’ support, honest feedback, and brilliant schemes. Did you know that the sailboat scenes were filmed in NYHarbour? You’d never know we were in city territory. We didn’t. James is the master.

Captain Austin Haase is the proud and salty owner of Clova, the beautiful boat seen in the aforementioned harbor shots. Austin was very accommodating to our needs and let us do whatever we damn well wanted. What a treat and joy.

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Finally, Ashleigh Twining (Gillian’s sister & Seth’s wife & George, Mark, ‘n’ Joe’s Roommate) put in many hours, helping us design the owl costume, helping Gillian with application, hanging upside down for too long, and generally keeping morale high. She’s been another tireless behind-the-scenes gift-giver for many years now, and if you’ve been to our live shows it’s likely you’ve seen her touch without even knowing it. We love you, Ashleigh!
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Ok, you ready for more ENDOR? Let’s roll em…
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Robin F. Williams - “Sons of the Pioneers”at PPOW Gallery  until March 15

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We’ve endorsed Robin’s work here several times before but now it’s gotta be endorsed again.  She has a new exhibition up at PPOW Gallery in Chelsea NYC called Sons of the Pioneers and it’s head-shakingly, eye-rollingly, covetably awe-inspiring.  Seeing the paintings online is in no way representative of the emotions they can invoke physically. Do not think you’re getting the full story from your computer screen. Such amaze. Wow. 

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She seems to be playing a bit more with texture these days and damn dude, I’m a big fan of texture..  When I can see the paint clumped up purposefully and pushed around thick up there it’s like feeling Django Reinhardt’s fingers on Django Reinhardt’s guitar strings, or like rubbing my own nose against the smooth marble of Mikey Angelo’s David.  I stood in front of these Robin F. Williams paintings dumbstruck, patiently trying to garner a little artistic wisdom to take home.  I think it worked but I might need to go back and make sure.  (Show runs until 3/15)
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The Intercept
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This is very good news. It’s part of a new trend of high-profile (and awesome) journalists leaving their posts at storied institutions to spearhead adventurous journalistic outlets (Washington Post's Ezra Klein's yet-to-be-named venture is another part, and, sub-Endorsement, part of a profile in last week’s New York Magazine worth reading). 
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Anyway, this is the first arm of a new online publisher, First Look Media, bankrolled by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and super-mega-richguy. It’s called The Intercept and it’s led by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras (who both recently won the Polk award for their outstanding work reporting on and releasing the Snowden documents) and Jeremy Scahill (whose film Dirty Wars, exposing the US’s covert wars in the middle east just received an Oscar nomination). The Intercept will be the place people go for truly courageous, extensive and thoughtful journalism that at its core values transparency and justice. This will be a good thing for the world.
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I love all these people and their work. I’ve espoused the virtues of Greenwald here on the endorsements many times. I’m happy to see these people, who are truly warriors, have a free and independent forum for their work. I expect The Intercept to be both revered and reviled and certainly much talked about. It’ll be a place I frequent, and will most likely depress or enrage me very time. It’s tough to even peruse the headlines without getting angry. They have in their mission to hold governmental and corporate entities accountable for their actions, and judging by the team’s track record, there’s no doubt they’ll do it. 
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For now The Intercept is mainly focused on moving forward with their work reporting on NSA revelations and Snowden, while continuing to build out their larger vision. I look forward to the fearless reporting from The Intercept and the good it will bring to the world.
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And more good news, First Look Media has hired Matt Taibbi, late of Rolling Stone, to run his own publication focusing on financial and political corruption. This is fucking great. Taibbi is awesome and has been hard-nosed and hilarious in his reporting on Wall Street and its awfulness for RS. Not sure when his publication will launch, but I’m very excited for this.
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The Beatles: Anthology
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You’ve probably seen this. I hadn’t until these last few weeks. All 11 hours! There truly are so many fascinating elements to the Beatles story, and the way Anthology is organized is surprisingly sly about how it deals with the issues one runs into when mythologizing, canonizing, and rememberatin’ events that were “featuring” you but not about you. The way they do it is by heavily immersing the viewer in the “media” that was collected throughout the Beatles career, and then allowing each individual member to answer questions regarding these media filtered events after they’ve been separated by space and time. Ringo remembers things quite differently then Paul does. George is absolutely fascinating in his rememberances (frankly, he’s the only one who’s memory I sort of trust). Through clever cutting between these different accounts, one gets the sense of much that was teeming below the surface - both culturally, and between these specific friends and musical accomplices. Events are brought into question more by what isn’t said than by what is.


I’m also totally geeked about cutting room floor audio from their studio era, because it is the only glimpse we ever have of personal creative process — this, in my opinion, is something that should be emphasized above questions of cultural impact, value, and “importance”. The proof is in the making of the pudding. It can speak for itself.
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It is here! We’re so excited to be announcing the release of Time to Deliver (Feb. 25th via bandcamp). To celebrate this new album, we’ve made a music video for our first single, titled ‘Ready About’. Take a sample, take a look.

To all you amazing people who ‘paid-whatcha-wanna’ for last year’s interluding madness, Bed Music, your generosity directly funded this video. Thank you, again!

Spread the word about Time to Deliver, and come party down with us at Radio Bushwick on March 8th for one major release show! We shall be joined in rank by the lovely and talented Monogold and Miniboone. We’re also pulling out all the stops and playing a double set for the first time ever. Not to be missed, this one.

Time to Deliver - out digitally February 25th on Bandcamp (http://notbloodpaint.bandcamp.com/)


Album release show — March 8th at Radio Bushwick, with Monogold and Miniboone (http://www.radiobushwick.com/)

Video Credits:
Direction/editing - James PM Lee
Makeup/prosthetics - Gillian Twining
Choreography - Julien Kanor
Owl - Ashleigh Twining
Helmsman - Austin Haase

Special thanks to Anne Malloy and James E Lee for their generous hospitality, and Yure Bartz for his nautical assistance.


Love,

Not Blood Paint

Friday Endorsements 2.6.14

Holy wolf tails! Our musical matrix is buzzing with electricity this week. It’s about time! We feels amazing!

Last night we worked the spit-fish with Kevin Blackler in an effort to meet the Master. This time, the Master has standards higher than any we’ve met before. Right now, whilst you read this, we are plugging ourselves into a totally different Galaxy (the not-so-distant Galaxy Smith) for a 3 day marathon of transmission and transcription. Don’t make fun, beating hearts, we’re having an adventure!

Let us now fold our typing mitts, and endorse…

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Adult Swim.  China, IL.  The Eric Andre Show.

Adult Swim hardly needs an endorsement from me, but hell.  Get it.  This is where comedy goes far enough to turn itself inside out. 

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Remember two weeks ago when I endorsed Babycakes?  Brad Neely is a master of mind who came up with that beautiful creature, plus The Professor Brothers, plus a new correct view of the universe, and now he’s got himself a show on Adult Swim featuring everything.  China, IL.  I was afraid at first that it wasn’t quite the same as Babycakes, wasn’t as charming and simple and pure, but the good news is this: the show is brilliant and better than most things on tv. You can watch all the episodes online for free. Thanks, Mr. Neely!
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The Eric Andre Show is insane and awesome. I watched almost the entirety of two seasons at work today.  Thanks, “work.”  Do you like Tim & Eric? Space Ghost?  Hannibal Buress? Aqua Teen? Tom Green? Tom Kelly?  If you don’t like this show then I’m probably better than you. Thanks, Mr. Andre!
I can’t quite understand my absurd love for shows of this nature but they make me feel hella good inside. I’m going to heaven. Thanks, Mrs. Swim! Thanks, Mr. Kozan! Buzz me, mulatto!
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On The Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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