25 March 2010

watch the film IN A DREAM. Isaiah Zagar is brilliant.

IN A DREAM: Theatrical Trailer from Herzliya Films on Vimeo.

we went to Las Vegas over the weekend.

sometimes, one of my favourite things to do is watch random HBO stuff in the hotel cos we don't have it at home...and the HBO gods were good to us this time! we stumbled upon a documentary called IN A DREAM about the Philadelphia artist ISAIAH ZAGAR. because the film was directed and edited by Isaiah's son Jeremiah, the camera had intimate access into the life of a genius who is brilliantly gifted, and some would consider cursed, by his art.

“I use art as a spider web, to trap people and change how they look, feel, dream.” - NY TIMES article from August 2009
watching Isaiah Zagar was like watching Sarah Winchester, minus the mediums and spirits, with her Mystery House: compelled to keep building, producing, touching, adding, cleaning and fine-tuning every single day, from dawn to dusk...so incredible and beautiful. and the other stuff in the movie about his family, neighbourhood and history? you will have to see yourself.


IN A DREAM is an award-winning documentary film directed by Jeremiah Zagar. The film premiered August 19th, 2009 on HBO2.

WINNER: Emerging Visions Audience Award
SXSW Film Festival

WINNER: Best Documentary
Woodstock Film Festival

WINNER: Audience Award for Best Feature
San Francisco Documentary Festival

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24 March 2010

k.d. lang on leno...i'm glad i TiVO'd it.

no, i don't watch leno. however, i record most musical guests on the talk shows, and holy crap k.d. lang sounds absolutely gorgeous...start from 38:30:

now if only k.d. double headlined with Chris Isaak...THAT would be awesome.

BTW the opening gag with JOHNNY WEIR and CHARLES BARKLEY is funny, if you want to skip all the way to the beginning. Johnny's entire interview is awesome, too!

11 March 2010

Tony Bourdain...wth are you doing?

if you watch the entire episode, his time onscreen is a bit longer, and then the musical guest is my fave Polyvinyl band OF MONTREAL!

02 March 2010

MUSIC: Groove Armada and Hybrid = awesome !!!??

you remember how much i loved loved loved the last HYBRID mix album "Soundsystem 01" with all its Harry Gregson-Williams glory... they've done it again.

the NEW Hybrid called "Disappear Here" on Distinct'ive is freaking beautiful!! the pair formerly known for their progressive breaks release the new album on 4 May 2010, and it's a triumph, with all the impeccable string production (original sounds courtesy of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra), brilliant percussion and seamless transitions (with the exception of the RoboCopy digital watermarks) a person could ask for...plus a little guitar here and there. Oh, and i just learned they run Reaktor Native Instruments and Symbolic Sound's Kyma X in the studio...thanks Justin of Rephlektor for that geeky tidbit!

the new GROOVE ARMADA on Om Records called "Black Light", to me, hearkens back to all the seminal synth records of my musical upbringing in the 1980's...and that's a good thing! if you know me, you know how much i dislike vocals, especially in dance music...but this album has plenty of them and i love them. "Black Light" is really more of a pop rock record which manages to sound nothing like what you'd expect of Groove Armada, yet you can't help but feel not-so-surprised when you hear that this is what they've become capable of.

sure, the Pavement reunion is being preceded by a best of album, and there's a new Peter Gabriel record out too, but let's just talk about dance music!
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