Monthly Archives: April 2013

In a few words.

David Bowie finally offers comment on The Next Day, in the form of… a few words. Rick Moody provides further exposition. [via The Rumpus]

d

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Music

“Mexican Manifesto”.

Laura and I did not make love that afternoon. In truth, we gave it a shot, but it just didn’t happen. Or, at least, that’s what I thought at the time. Now I’m not so sure. We probably did make love. That’s what Laura said, and while we were at it she introduced me to the world of public baths, which from then on, and for a very long time, I would associate with pleasure and play. The first one was, without a doubt, the best. It was called Montezuma’s Gym, and in the foyer some unknown artist had done a mural where you could see the Aztec emperor neck-deep in a pool. Around the edges, close to the monarch but much smaller, smiling men and women bathe. Everyone seems carefree except the king, who looks fixedly out of the mural, as if searching for the improbable spectator, with dark, wide-open eyes in which I often thought I glimpsed terror. The water in the pool is green. The stones are gray. In the background, you can see mountains and storm clouds.

There is a Roberto Bolaño story here. [via The New Yorker]

d

1 Comment

Filed under Literature

Rojak: Party playlist.

Rojak is a regular collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or thereabouts) on this blog.

Assorted

A music edition today. Enjoy!

“All Your Gold”, Bat For Lashes. [via YouTube]

“Mute”, Youth Lagoon. [via YouTube]

“Lady Madonna”, The Beatles. [via YouTube]

“Oblivion”, Grimes. [via YouTube]

“3 Days”, Rhye. [via YouTube]

“Wondaland”, Janelle Monáe. [via YouTube]

“Carried Away”, Passion Pit. [via YouTube]

Bulletin

This past week:

d

Leave a comment

Filed under Rojak

Omnivore: Rediscover.

Omnivore is a regular report on some of the things that I’ve been enjoying during the week (or thereabouts).

I went deep into the woods of my music library this week and rediscovered many left-in-the-lurch albums that were like new surprises again.

I’m also midway through Harry Mathews’s Cigarettes.

d

Leave a comment

Filed under Omnivore

The National to perform “Sorrow” for six hours straight.

As part of an installation, the National will perform “Sorrow” (off of High Violet) for six straight hours at MoMA PS1. [via Consequence of Sound]

Good luck, guys.

d

1 Comment

Filed under Art, Music

More Krasznahorkai.

Scott Esposito points us to more Krasznahorkai coming later this year, in the form of The Bill: For Palma Vecchio, at Venice from Sylph Editions. [via Conversational Reading]

d

1 Comment

Filed under Literature

David Selwyn dies.

Austen scholar David Selwyn dies at the age of 61. [via The Guardian]

d

1 Comment

Filed under Philosophy + Theory + Criticism

New York, New York.

James Nares’s Street, an engrossing and celebratory hour-long, oversized video projection of life in New York City, is a monument to evanescence. Now installed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 27, the work was fashioned from sixteen hours of material, recorded in six-second bursts from a vehicle moving through city streets at a rate of thirty miles per hour. Nares used a high-speed Phantom camera capable of filming up to one thousand frames per second; this footage was then slowed down by a factor of twenty so that each six-second pan was distended to two minutes, transforming the artist’s urban safari into a smooth, continuous glacial crawl.

On James Nares’s Street. [via NYRB]

d

1 Comment

Filed under Art

New Janelle Monáe single.

The new single from Janelle Monáe,”Q.U.E.E.N.”, features Erykah Badu. [via YouTube]

d

1 Comment

Filed under Music

Richie Havens dies.

Richie Havens has died at the age of 72. [via Consequence of Sound]

An obituary over at the Telegraph. [via the Telegraph]

d

Leave a comment

Filed under Music