Oct 28, 2006

Super Crazyish Halloween Giveaway Extravaganza Bonanza

Cindy Sherman - Untitled #424 (2004)

In celebration of temporarily loosened societal opression on the range of expression allowed in public, I've arranged a Super Crazyish Halloween Giveaway Extravaganza Bonanza. Simply comment thoughtfully on any post and each comment through Oct 31st will enter you in the drawing to win one of THREE unique prize packages (please include your email or check back for winners). You just gotta say something is all...

"Ivory Skeleton Keys" Prize Package:
A Flashing Skeleton Head Signed by Margot & The Nuclear So and So's + 5 CDs* + A Cassettes Won't Listen T-shirt + A Matching Candy Watch and Bracelet Set

"Psychotic Witch & Family" Prize Package:
A Jodi Jett Shirt & Signed CD + A Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players DVD + 5 CDS* + A Filter Band T-shirt + A Matching Candy Watch and Bracelet Set

"Condoleezza Check My Comics" Prize Package:
A Majestic Twelve Signed Comic Book & CD + 5 CDs* + A Bird Whistle + A Filter Band T-shirt + A Matching Candy Watch and Bracelet Set

*
CDs include a selection from the following: The Rapture’s Pieces of the People We Love, Stars of Track and Field’s Centuries Before Love and War, Peter Frampton’ Fingerprints, The Bishops’ The Only Place I Can Look Is Down, Brazilian Girls’ Talk To La Bomb, Shiny Toy Guns’ We Are Pilots, DJ Shadow’s The Outsider, Pilot Speed’s Into the West, Shawn Colvin’s These Four Walls, The Silents’ Flicker & Flames, Emily Haines Knives Don't Have Your Back

Cindy Sherman's clowned series captures the ability of extravagant surrealist costuming to express real emotion (perhaps a muse to keep in mind in this era of bagged-sexy-nurse costumes). Beyond the sad clown cliche, Cindy's figures each exude a strength of character and allow for a strangely intense, curious empathy much like the attention attributed to foreign animals in a zoo (or Matthew Barney's clownish "Petrolatum Spirit").

I wrapped some creepy characters, crowd insecurities, and mania motivators into a playlist to drop into your cute plastic pumpkin-shaped satchel. Be careful not to step on the lawn and always make sure to check the mp3s for razor blades before putting them in your ears.

CocoRosie - Bear Hides & Buffalo (mp3)

Margot & The Nuclear So and So's - Skeleton Key (mp3)

Grand Buffet - Things That Go Hump In The Night (mp3)

Fischerspooner - Emerge (mp3)

David Bowie - Dance Magic [Danny S Magic Party Remix] (mp3)

Stars - He Lied About Death (mp3)

Knife - Silent Shout (mp3)

The Evangelicals - Happy Halloween (mp3)

Camera Obscura - I Don't Do Crowds (mp3)

Ying Yang Twins - Whisper Song (mp3)

The Ours - I'm A Monster (mp3)

Radiohead - We Suck Young Blood (mp3)

Owen - The Ghost of What Should Have (mp3)

18 comments

At Sunday, October 29, 2006, Anonymous beth said...

glad you posted stars. any word on new material? they are due out for a new one. perhaps all the side projects are hindering them from another release.

i caught beck on snl last night, and the marinette show was absolutely amazing that matched his performance. i highly recommend trying to find a video and posting that.

btw: the skeleton key performance, very good. wish i would have stayed longer. they were nice and cute ;)

 
At Sunday, October 29, 2006, Blogger Jenny said...

I appreciate the sidebar Matthew Barney still. Also, I feel good that I know every one of those songs, my favorite obviously being the Ying Yang Twins.

 
At Sunday, October 29, 2006, Blogger Al said...

I love skeletons!!!
You're crazy.
I'm going to see Regina Spektor tonight, if I can stand up after my obsurdly long bike ride today.
peace out.

 
At Sunday, October 29, 2006, Blogger Johnny said...

I have to admit, that I am sorry, but with my slow internet, it takes me about one half hour to download each of your songs, and since tonight I need to get to bed ( another fabulous week of getting up at 5:30 a.m.) I am unable to listen to your wonderul playlist of songs.

I have to add that I never jumped on the sad clown bandwagon. I do understand that at the time it was a new juxtaposition of something that is supposed to be happy and joyous being sad, but now, it just seems like so much creepyness. Can we judge art outside it's timeframe and parameters? Maybe....

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Blogger Roland said...

Nice mix! I wonder what happened to the remix album of Set Yourself On Fire (Do You Trust Your Friends? or something) that Pitchfork was talking about. I've got some live Stars and CocoRosie if anyone's inclined.

Keep up the good work.

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Blogger courtney said...

Because of your very, shall we say, ecclectic selection of songs I was forced by Jennifer to listen The Ying Yang Twins many times in succession. However, it was then followed up by the soothing sounds of Thom Yorke, so all was made well again.
Also, I now laugh every time I feel the need to use "The Google" to look up a piece of info.

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Blogger cara said...

sweet margot link.

have you heard what that album sounded like before it got remastered? it is out there somewhere, and a cool look at the collective creative process.

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Anonymous Alex said...

Camera Obscura continue to sound wonderful.

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Blogger sleepnotwork said...

If I'm not mistaken, the character design for the Barney Petrolatum spirit seems to be basically derived from a mix of Japanese Noh theatre costume and Eskimo spirit animal iconography (what I remember from the SF show). Certain cultures seem to be more in tune with the disjuncture between absurdity and profundity that Sherman is getting at here - I'm also thinking of Kurosawa's Ran, where everyone is dressed in bright yellows and reds as they slaughter one another for no reason other than being human. The poor girl above with the teeth is the same thing - somehow something tragic is made even more tragic by trying to throw a coat of bright paint on it.

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Blogger Ly said...

I really like that you brought in Kurosawa's Ran--if you've seen the lithographs he created for that battle scene (with the reds, yellows, and blues), the color palette really introduces a depth of emotion in the contrast of colors. But on the other hand, maybe these bold strokes and green warriors only work through certain mediums--I found the Sherman photographs struck me as just grotesque (a nod to that disjuncture you mentioned). Clowns, I've decided, are too connected to my whimsical childhood to be an effective medium for...well, most anything really.

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Blogger Jenny said...

http://www.artvscraft.com/
Let's go. We'll discuss the merits of handmade jewelry.
I imagine there will be a lot of trinkets as well.
This relates to your blog because you've posted an Owen song and there is a line in one of the songs that says, "The tables I made strong enough to hold your magazines ...." You make tables and crafty people make tables.
Owen - Tables - Crafts - Milwaukee This Weekend

So you see, this is a thoughtful comment related to your blog and an invite to Milwaukee.

 
At Monday, October 30, 2006, Anonymous miranda said...

ooh, I want to hear that non-remastered cd.

you picked a good selection of songs. if you haven't seen stars live, you certainly should.

 
At Tuesday, October 31, 2006, Anonymous Janowak said...

Bonanza is not a term that should be tossed around cavalierly, but that's what this most certainly is...

 
At Tuesday, October 31, 2006, Blogger Katie said...

if i could marry a song, it'd totally be "skeleton key." and if there was ever a band that gave me nightmares, it's cocorosie.

 
At Tuesday, October 31, 2006, Anonymous robert said...

That is probably the most interesting halloweenish mix i've stumbled upon this week... kudos!

 
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