Monday, February 24, 2014

Neither your actions nor your very being are driving me away

Increasingly I believe that successful living is about being a channel rather than muscling things into being from the depths of my ego.

I think the Internet will make this more and more manifest.









Wade Guyton (detail) at Petzel Gallery

Friday, July 12, 2013

i thought we'd have a nice night on mutual terms last night


Jill Magid
Failed States (detail)
2011
1993 Mercedes 300TE station wagon armored at B4 level, resistant to 9MM
thru .44 Magnum gun fire
Collection of Lindsey and Patrick Collins
Photo credit: Erica Nix - See more at: http://www.fluentcollab.org/mbg/index.php/reviews/review/183/412#sthash.w6ehDUmX.dpuf

My friend Laurel once told me that in Texas, the capital of France is, by necessity, known as "Parisfrance".

There are lots of things I love about my friend Jill Magid, including that her art is overtly confrontational and that she gave birth this week to a son with an awesome name.

I also loved this performance by Zedd and Foxes on Fallon a couple of weeks ago and I'm glad it is available online. Russo-German wunderkind Zedd does something insanely cool at the end (if you happen to like video games, as I and my two warriors of radness with awesome names Orlando and Lorcan do):





But even so, and after all the love Lorcan and my brother Harry have for electronic music, I'm at heart a direct action kind of guy, in the French sense of action directe. My band-crush Savages was at Webster Hall last night and they blew me away with just a bass, a guitar, a drum kit and Jehnny Berth's voice. She's the kind of French punk girl who could do some serious damage without ever touching you. Vive la France, happy Bastille Day Eve. There's a full version of Husbands, with which they closed out the set last night, below the live clip...





Thursday, May 30, 2013

I tried, and maybe if it wasn’t everything you needed, you should expect less from me or I should promise less

Here are two very different awesome brand new albums by old favorites.

First, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which is so good that even everyone knows it and it debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 last week. It is hard to pick one song from this disco epic, but here is Instant Crush, with Julian Casablancas of The Strokes on vocals:





Next, from their new album "Trouble Will Find Me", the ultimate Brooklyn woodsman musicians' musicians The National with "Pink Rabbits", which could be the next "Sorrow" and bears listening to again and again and again, and whose lyrics will blow the fragile doors off any 43 year-old romantic's rickety heart: