Dec 19, 2009

Lijo, Lijo, Lijo

Alina Orlova - Mamai [For Mum] (2007)

Alina Orlova - Lijo (mp3): I speak no Lithuanian, but I speak art and rain. Which are apparently universal.

Dec 4, 2009

Rabbit From The Sky

Geltin - Rabbit (2005)

"The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent;
and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy.

The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbitÌs body, a country dropped from the sky; ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver and intestines.

Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel.

Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside.

Such is the happiness which made this rabbit.

I love the rabbit the rabbit loves me."

Boy Crisis - The Fountain of Youth (mp3) [video]

Dec 2, 2009

Good Lo-Fi Times

Yann Orhan [from Nos vies invisibles]

Stacian & Heavy Times
Good Style Shop
402 East Washington Ave, Madison
Sat Dec 5th from 6:30-9:00
[RSVP here]

Heavy Times - Night Swim (mp3): There are only so many things you can say about lo-fi music, and not many of them worth saying. Noise, fuzz, static, garage, grit - and my favourite - experimental. You can say the wailing is vulnerable, the guitars are messy, the drums are apathetic... but none of that really tells you anything about the music. You can say the style emotes beyond any lyrics or structure, something that can be said about much good music, and this time it would actually be pretty true. You could shift the focus to explore the souls who make these sounds, their untrained voices, their beer and dirty fingernails, their oppositional identities. Or you could stick to something you actually know - what allures you - that the same uncleanliness, or at least unpredictability, which repels most is the authenticity that hooks the rest of us.