This band was fantastic. Too bad they have separated.
This is getting a lot of play on my ipod lately.
My “I’m relieved to have an ipod” Friday 10
1 – A Real Indication – ThoughtGang & Angelo Badalamenti
2 – Ighigenie en Tauride: Ballet, Scene 5, Choeur – “Il Nous Fallait du Sang”
3 – Goldberg Variations – Variation XVI – Glenn Gould
4 – Hips don’t Lie – Shakira
5 – Two Receivers – Klaxons
6 – The Look of Love – Isaac Hayes
7 – To be Loved – Basscut
8 – Available – Moving Units
9 – El Colmo – Babasonicos
10 – Days of Wine & Roses – Cassandra Wilson
As you can see, my ipod was concerned about love,hips not lying and Glenn Gould. It got perverse with the last song, I think.
I discovered Terry Rodger’s paintings through other bloggers. A small example of his work is shown above. This insert is from a painting featured in “The Apotheosis of Pleasure” a collection of Rodgers’ work.
Rodgers uses the medium of oil paints on linen. They remind me, in a strange fashion, of those silly velvet clowns. Rodgers’ paintings have that same bright, happy, over saturated color. The subjects of the work are upper middle class people intent on luxuriating in parties, mostly for swingers. The strangeness inside the scenes is that no one is actually interested in anyone else. Women lounge about in lingerie with bored facial expressions. The men avoid looking at the women. In essence, the parties are akin to riding rush hour trains in which everyone is determined to remain separate. Everyone is seeking a minimum of personal space in an over crowded atmosphere. In that instant, those beautiful people in Rodger’s paintings become idealized versions of ourselves. They are what we wish to be, cool, calm, collected, rich, pretty, and comfortable. Rodgers world is a world in which there are no needy people bothering others with their weak desires for love or friendship. It is a world of beautiful sociopaths.
Below is a link to Rodgers website, examples of his work and critiques.
The Apothoesis of Pleasure
This video is loopy good fun.
I usually discover most of my new music on the internet from other bloggers. This group I found on Mercurial Girl’s blog.
Emilie Simon’s videos are fantastic.
I’m seriously obsessed with M.I.A’s new album Kala right now. This song with a tribute to the Pixies just earns my all time love.
I managed to grab a small escape from court thoughts and saw The Virgins perform at the Mercury last Tuesday night.
They performed well but their set was rather short. I was already on the way to dizzy land so I wasn’t too peeved. They included “Rich Girls” in their lineup so that made me happy.
If you haven’t heard of The Virgins yet, then check out their Myspace page
The Mercury Lounge is a great bar and I’m looking forward to going back one day. It is extremely easy to find. Which is good for a geographically challenged person like myself.
What more to recommend? The ladies bathroom is very well kept. Believe me that is rare gift indeed. However it is only a two stall deal. Which makes it very frustrating when there is a loud girl taking her time all the while screeching on her mobile. Don’t ask. But the girl and I waiting for phone girl to finish had a very silly laugh about it all.
The night ended at Sin Sin Leopard Lounge. That was where I got obscenely inebriated. Somehow I managed to get myself into a cab and back home. Its all a bit hazy but I do remember that the cab driver took pity on me. He could have told me to get away from his cab.
I only had three hours sleep and dragged myself to court the next day. My fellow jurors had a big laugh at my expense. The hangover didn’t get any better during the day and I stumbled, bleary eyed into the court room. I can’t be too sure but I think everyone had an inkling that something was not right with me. Walking with your eyes mostly closed can give that impression. It gave me a petty thrill to act out that way. As if to say, “Yes, I AM the Drunkard deciding your fate.”
The case is almost over now anyway. So more details will be coming in.
I attended Ghostland Observatory’s concert at the Bowery Ballroom last night. It was fantastic.
It has been a long while since I’ve been to the Bowery, so, of course, I got lost before the event. Do I have a sense of direction? Only when I choose to. But mainly I get my general direction straight then spend time wandering around in confusion. Eventually I zero in on my target. One day, I will get better. Hopefully before senility sets in.
Anyway, the show started at 10pm to a sold out crowd. Ghostland concentrated on their heavy beats/dance songs. Which was great, I didn’t miss the softer side at all. They performed 3 very good sets and also put on a great show. Aaron Behrens never stopped moving, dancing, or engaging with the crowd. He has some very loopy dance moves that amused me to no end. Meanwhile Thomas Turner was in control of the music churning out beats, melodies and supporting Behrens guitar work. The show lasted about 2 hours but the crowd wanted more. I wouldn’t have minded another hour myself. But I took what I got.
This band needs to come to NY more often.