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October 31, 2006;/h3>

{     The Drama (#009 / Fall '06)     } Another season, another wonderful issue of our favorite magazine - The Drama, an arts quarterly. Barely having had time to check the new ish' out, I can only say that it's dope as usual and let the rest be said by Joel since the boy never lies:
• Wrap-around cover and extensive feature with Henrik Drescher • A look at the exhibition Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the Present • Feature on an intergral part of the Providence art scene, Brian Chippendale • Ira Booker speaks with Bill Griffith about his critically acclaimed comic strip Zippy the Pinhead • How-to lesson from Andrew Jeffrey Wright • Tortoise tour diary in Brazil • A short story by Adam Levin, with illustrations by Keith Jones • Contributions and comics by Leif Parsons, Tom Kaczynski, Sabine Allaire, Luke Ramsey & Peter Taylor, Adam Baumgold, and many more • 104 pages, perfect-bound for $7.00
I can't wait to read the interview with Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith, and who can argue with some Tortoise action and the always wonderful and always surreal Drama comics? Get at it: The Drama / A Quarterly Arts Magazine


{     Current Top Twelve MP3 Blogs     }    

Focusing on beats of the indie-electro-hip-hop variety.

01) La Decadanse
02) Slutty Fringe
03) Big Stereo
04) Call Me Mickey
05) Green Pea-ness
06) Discobelle
07) Disco Not Disco
08) Gang of Neon
09) Scattermish
11) Upside Down Stupid Hat
12) Fluokids


October 30, 2006;/h3>

{     Dwight Yoakam on     } posted this interview with Dwight Yoakam the other day and it just hit me as sort of a required-reading kinda thing for anyone that has any interest in American roots music. Fader sums it up best in their introduction to the interview:
" half an hour or less, for no other reason than because he wanted to, (Dwight) ran us on a conversational journey out of the hills of Appalachian Kentucky where he grew up and into Ohio, then paused to give us the entire history of all genres of American roots music (without forgetting our friends from the British Invasion) through the lens of the 1950's radio of his childhood, then brought us out to Bakersfield, CA and a few miles south to Los Angeles to paint a picture of the scene there that gave birth to his career, beginning in the early ’80s."
Seriously good stuff y'all. Dwight has always been the cool outsider of country music, rock music, roots music... all music really, and he can back up all that swagger with more knowledge of where American music came from than most anyone else I've ever read. I've always respected the guy and I think you will too after reading the interview.


October 25, 2006;/h3>

{     Braveland Design - Brave New Poster Series     } Braveland Design comes out of semi-hibernation with four 16"x20" poster prints showcasing the simple and stunning design work of maestro Dave Bravenec. Eschewing the sloppy and overly-complicated styles favored by most poster-artists these days, this series focuses on clean lines, uncomplicated design, bold colors and compelling icons. The Buddah Throwing Stars and Western Gunfighters pieces also incorporate metallic inks into the mix, adding some unique texture and sheen. The back-to-basics approach packs a serious visual wallop, and at 20 bucks a pop (or 75 for the set) you can splash some pulp-adventure sci-fi goodness on your walls without breaking the bank. And while you're at it, scope out the rest of the Braveland Store. Almost everything is makred down to half-price or better, so if you've ever used the "I'm too broke" excuse to explain the lack of Braveland goods in your life, or if you just haven't picked anything up in a while, now's your chance to rectify and re-up.

     » Buy at


{     Smileycam and Mouthpiece     } The Smileycam pinhole camera can hardly be called a camera in my opinion: it does not have the body or almost any of the functions of cameras. It is more a film exposing device since the step you need to take is just one and in reality this "camera" is simply a modified 110 film roll. As usual for pinholes and as by description, the Smileycam has no auto-anything, no viewfinder, & no LENS. Very bizarre, but as in all off-the-mainstream analog photography, this is where the fun lays!

     » Justin Quinell
     » Smileycam introduces herself
     » Shop for it (under Special Formats)
     » Mouthpiece


October 24, 2006;/h3>

{     Julia Fullerton-Batten     } I've probably been back to Julia Fullerton-Batten's portfolio site five or six times in the past couple weeks, for a couple reasons. One being that I just want to go back and see her photos again because I get this feeling that I didn't quite look at them long enough the last time I was there - that I didn't give them the focus they deserved - no matter how many times I see them. They're that good. That sublime. Somehow dense and sparse in the same moment. Reason two being because I keep having this residual sight of her photos in my head, similar to when you look into a light for too long and it's shape remains even after you've turned away. Blurry, muted faces, hidden behind strange gestures or simple raindrops. Her site is abounding with her work, pages and pages of complicated situations and glares, and is indeed difficult to absorb in one sitting. So many of her photos are deserving of much more than our typical 'click-glimpse-click' internet attention span, please do yourself a favor and see Julia Fullerton-Batten's work for a first time, a second time, a third time. Start now.


October 23, 2006;/h3>

{     CSS "Alala" Video / MP3     }    

cssalala.jpg A great new video from Sao Paulo, Brazil's CSS (which stands for Cansei De Ser Sexy) was just brought to my attention by P-fork, and I love it so much that I'm sharing it here - along with an mp3 of the track, "Alala". The video was directed by Cat Solen, whom also directed videos for Death Cab for Cutie, Cake, Bright Eyes, and CSS's first single "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above." It's a primo video depicting a bloody fight at some sort of prom / pool-party / wedding type thing, but in reverse. Not a thinking man's video, but damn fine just the same. Video and MP3 after the jump...


{     Who I Am and What I Want     } you have seen Dad's Dead, the acclaimed quintessentially disturbed-British-youth short winner of something like 20 awards, chances are you remember it well and you know who Chris Shepherd is. Because that short is a piece of art beginning to end and it strikes every time for the superb and diverse work applied to every single frame, to narrate such a gritty, ugly story of crime and rage. Well, Shepherd has come out with a new raunchy short, product of the collaboration with cult illustrator David Shrigley. The short is a 30 minutes animation titled "Who I am and what I want", based on a book by Shrigley, and it is a dark, funny, dirty tale narrated by social outcast Pete who goes on telling us his life story. No aspect of his insignificant life, as he deems it, is spared: birth, sh*t-shovelling jobs, non existing love relationships, alcohol and drug abuse, useless medications, overall madness. Sheperd, who in Dad's Dead used a million different effects in just a few minutes, this way goes in a diametrically different direction: animation is completely back to basics but he is still able to mesmerize you. Who I Am and What I Want is in fact a witty, mischievous, anarchic tale, filled with naughty sex moments, seasoned with strictly black and white, simple line drawing, in the style Shrigley is famous for, and the amazing animation and direction of Shepherd. A true little gem.

     » Who I Am and What I Want - Intro and movie stills
     » Buy it!
     » David Shrigley's kingdom
     » Dad's Dead

By Tacita in Art, Reviews

October 21, 2006;/h3>

{     Tokidoki for LeSportsac     } toy/hyped graphic designers seem to go in the same direction: sneakers. Being a girl not too fond of sneakers, I am glad Tokidoki went in a different direction and teamed up not with Nike, not with Adidas, not with another sport brand but with LeSportsac to design some bags. Definitely girlie (this season the colour is nothing else but pink), the graphic mark of Tokidoki is definitely recognizable in the pattern of a futuristic city (with a space needle: Kyoto Tower?) and its skies, inhabited by some of his trademarks characters and new entries as well, all : flying death, spiky creatures, smily airplanes, even a green helicopter and a pink zeppelin ... all so in line with the traditionally cute Japanese aesthetic it's hard to believe they were invented by an Italian (even if a Vespa does appear in the pattern!).

     » Choose and buy (they sell out fast)


October 20, 2006;/h3>

{     Old friends at Le Musée des Arts décoratifs     } is the link between Napoleon and Nintendo DS? Apparently none, but keep on reading. The Musée des Arts décoratifs just re-opened on September 15th, in a section of that same building currently referred to as the Louvre, in Paris, after a decade of dust-covered silence and hard working: the museum closed for restoration back in 1996. The collection now articulates on 3 wide floors hugging a central countyard, where all the white beauty of this 1850 building can be admired, plus 4 other big rooms climbing up on one of the towers. As a museum dedicated to the decorative arts, it hosts a collection of period pieces, ranging from the middle ages to today: you know, the usual ceramics, metal works, furniture. However many are the surprises wating for you in here: the very first room is in fact dedicated to toys. And the very first display shows nothing but Ugly Dolls and the James Jarvis family, surrounded by other familiar ultra modern vynil and plush friends.

     » Le Arts décoratifs - 107 rue de Rivoli

By Tacita in Art, Reviews

October 19, 2006;/h3>

{     Tymbal's clothing     } In the world of graphic design, there are some subjects which, for no apparent reason, move from being completely neglected into crowd pleasers. It has been the case with the bird outline and then with the deer outline, presented over and over printed on anything, t-shirts being the most used canvas. If you think a bicycle shadow can become the next overseen design of the near future, or actually if you just like bikes (the design is pleasing enough not to need crowd of admirers!), check out Tymbal and their clothes, all printed with a cool vintage bike shadow and other elements you see on the road. They seem to be a small company (even if they are organized enough to ship internationally) and as such very detail oriented. They obviously do t-shirts, but they also make one-of-a-kind bags, skirts and dresses, plus really wonderful special prints on vintage ties: in my opinion, their best product so far. To be checked out, provided bike wheels are your thing.

     » Tymbal and their shop


October 17, 2006;/h3>

{     Slices Magazine     } is a new quarterly magazine strictly focused on electronic music. But until here, nothing new: there are dozen of them. What's innovative is that the magazine does not get printed on paper and sold in newstands: Slices is a DVD. No paper version exhists. Plus, it's a free press: it will not cost you a dime. Born in 2005 with the help of a cell phone company (which is the only sponsor: the magazine does not have any form of adversiting in its content), they present interviews, music videos, short presentations and trailer for upcoming events and releases, even documetaries like the one on the vynil production, all encapsuled in a very practical DVD box. Previously featured artists span from Sir Alice, Ellen Allien, Miss Kittin, Nightmares on Wax, an issue entirely dedicated to Warp Music and Warp Films, on to the current spotlight on Underground Resistance, which gets the cover of the current issue.

     » Where to get it
     » For back issues (or if it is not distributed near you)
     » Pioneers of Electronic Music, volume 1: Richie Hawtin


October 15, 2006;/h3>

{     Top Twelve Hobo Names     }    

From a list of 700 notable historical hobo names, included in John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise.

#15: No-Shoulders Smalltooth Jones
#16: Sistery Brothery Nabob
#63: Lil' Jonny Songbird, the Songbird-Eater
#128: Spooky-Night Spooky Day
#220: Honey Bunches of Donald
#274: Tom Falselips Realteeth
#335: Crispy Whiskery
#399: Applebee O'Bennigan McFridays
#440: Thor Hammerskold, the Mexican
#489: Pantless, Sockless, Shoeless Buster Bareass
#513: Most Agree: It's Kilpatrick
#550: Douglas, the Future of Hoboing

The paperback has 100 more, and so here are six (from
#730: Stump Tongue Mumbler
#742: Double-Entendre Dick Penis
#750: Crackles Spineshaker, the Hobo-osteopath
#772: Acid-Blood-and-Spit Lionel Stander, the Spitter
#774: No-Credit/Bad Credit Bobby Hassle-freeloan, Mortgage Specialist of the Rails
#790: Voweltooth Jenkins, the Man with the Scrabble Tile Dentures


October 12, 2006;/h3>

{     Vice: Guide to Travel DVD     } What have you done with your trust fund lately? Vice magazine is as well known for its prescient grasp of emerging culture as it is for its dedication to utter fucking decadence on an epic scale. When CrownDozen first heard that they'd be releasing a travel DVD, visions of Bolivian coke orgies and Eurotrash "Do's and Dont's" danced in our heads. And that would have been all well and good, (if a bit par for the course) but what they've delivered instead is something far beyond those rather two-dimensional expectations. In fact, you'll find a healthy dose of gritty hard-hitting journalism tucked into the various chapters of the Vice Guide to Travel. I am in no way exaggerating when I tell you that my very blood was chilled by some of the realities revealed herein, and even the most lighthearted sections were laced with danger and the feeling that things could unravel into complete chaos at any moment. This is no mere travelogue. Vice handpicked some of the deadliest locations on planet Earth, from foreign countries rife with political upheaval and revolutionary warfare to crime-ridden urban sprawls seething with drug-fueled ultra-violence. There are deep dark jungles, irradiated wastelands and the blackest of black markets laid bare, it often plays out like a nightmare episode of National Geographic. It is eye-opening on an unprecedented level. vicedvd2.jpg

     » View clips from the DVD at
     » Buy the Vice Guide to Travel DVD
     » Vice DVD MySpace
     » Semi-exclusive clip of Big Pinky in Paraguay
     » DFA1979's "Black History Month (Josh Homme remix)" (mp3)


October 11, 2006;/h3>

{     Nuit Blanche - A dozen art marvels (with some disasters)     } Paris has recently distinguished itself for initiatives targeted to the local population (for example: the Paris Plage, an artificial beach on the right bank of the river Seine and opened to the public in the middle of the city, which has since been reproduced in Rome and London, with more cities to come). However, la Nuit Blanche is so far the most copied event Paris has produced. Started in 2002 as a full-moon night journey into (con)temporary art, has since become a programme sponsored and copyrighted by the European Union, with official replicas held in Riga, Rome, Madrid and Bruxelles, and unofficial copycats in Milan and Tel Aviv+Gaza and has even landed on the other side of the Ocean with Canada leading the way in Montreal and Toronto. Contacts and information requests have been made to the Paris central office from Istanbul, New York, Tokyo... Paris has really created something new, and as usually, the original cannot really be reproduced maintaining the quality unaltered: the Nuit Blanche in Paris is still the best to be seen in the world, with over 100 events in many different areas of la ville lumiere and 100 different world appreciated contemporary artists presenting one piece on display for 12 hours only. Pretty unsurprising if you think about it. Which other city can say to have giant art institutions spanning from ancient to contemporary art like the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, surrounded by a million of smaller top quality museums and foundations (the Espace Dali', the Picasso Museum, Le Fondation Le Courbusier, the faboulous Palais de Tokyo, just to name a few)? Paris is art like no other place in the world, historically, culturally, sociologically.

     » Nuit Blanche 7 October 2006
     » Some official images of the event in the Marais
     » ... and in the Champs-Elysées Concorde

By Tacita in Art, Reviews

October 4, 2006;/h3>

{     The Kazbah     } Hello fellow fashion connoisseurs of the world, please take a seat, because I am about to introduce you to the next step in online clothing domination that Karmaloop is launching TODAY. Setting the standard for online shopping in my eyes, Karmaloop has given us some of the best labels in streetwear for many years and has decided to make that unique user base of one million monthly readers skyrocket. With the introduction of the Kazbah TODAY, Karma aims to give the up-and-coming “boutique” only labels a chance to rock their wares for the masses. These hand picked labels (that could only really be found in small boutiques) are about to become available to the streetwear shoppers of the world courtesy of Karmaloop. For some lucky 16 labels, the chance to impress these shoppers of karmaloop is like a dream come true…. Now brands like Rockett, Jeepney, and To Die For, will line up head to head with their peers to create a massive online boutique that has the potential to revolutionize streetwear shopping.

     » The Kazbah


October 2, 2006;/h3>

{     New York Art World 2006 Fall Season Openers of Note.     }

With 300 or so galleries now vying for viewer consideration in New York's mean art streets it's getting harder and harder to parse the chaff from the wheat. Nevertheless I trod the 10 or so blocks of territory in search of aesthetic gratification. To my surprise there was quite a lot of good work. Here's what stood out:

     » Art Borg HQ


{     One and a half dozen Transformer names that totally sound like porn innuendo....     }    

For all y'all 'bot lovers out there-

1. Bludgeon
2. Quickmix
3. Sideswipe
4. Silverstreak
5. Slag
6. Snapdragon
7. Beastbox
8. Sunstreaker
9. Powerpinch
10. Longhorn
11. Sideburn
12. Bruticus Maximus
13. Steamhammer
14. Slugslinger
15. Nightbeat
16. Skyjack
17. Mudflap
18. Dirtboss

Thanks to for the assist!

By Adam in Twelves

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