July 23, 2014
From Marguerite Yourcenar’s A Coin in Nine Hands

From Marguerite Yourcenar’s A Coin in Nine Hands

July 21, 2014

"Charlie Haden is one of the most hypnotically inventive bassists in contemporary jazz…. Now he has formed his own group for the purpose of presenting his furiously humanistic musical polemics to the world…. Haden’s bass work is especially superb, throbbing and droning with a restless yet understated intensity expressing perfectly the pulsebeat of lives like those in the Spanish Resistance, lived in eternal fear and the fiercely nurtured strength of brave dreams."
—Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone, February 21, 1970

July 21, 2014

Björk - The Dull Flame Of Desire + Flétta - Collaboration Duet’s With Antony Hegarty, (2007-2010)

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July 20, 2014
John Leonard on Sonny and Cher

"There is hope for Sunday evenings, after the children have been perfused: there is Cher. Cher is more beautiful and sings better than Ed Sullivan. She is more beautiful and sings better than almost anybody else on television. She has, unfortunately, a husband, about whom it is necessary to make jokes each week on CBS to keep the show moving right along between production numbers. Although Sonny is rumored to be the brains behind the act, clearly he doesn’t deserve Cher.”
—John Leonard, 1971

July 14, 2014
"Grouped at midnight around the tribal drum of our mimeograph machine, among envelope flap lickers and bloody-thumbed guitarists, high on cigarettes and Cokes and miserable puns, we felt meaningful."

— John Leonard, “Confessions of a Structure Freak,” from his This Gun for Hire. Originally published in Esquire, February 1969

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July 9, 2014
Mind the Paint

"[Duchamp] received about eighty-nine thousand francs for his entire collection of eighty Picabias, the famous “Mind the Paint” bringing only three hundred and twenty francs. Today a good had from a smart modiste costs more.”
—Janet Flanner, Paris Was Yesterday

Francis Picabia. Prenez garde à la peinture, ca 1916. © Francis Picabia/BUS 2013

July 3, 2014
An old, almost forgotten story of mine: "True Grit"

Lunceford wrote everything down in case confusion arose later as to who did what and what the reason was for doing something other than what was supposed to have been done. No matter how complete these notes were, however, it was unrealistic to expect absolute clarity, and sometimes the notes themselves influenced the course of events.

     Lunceford wasn’t supposed to move a muscle without explicit instructions, much less get involved in the planning and management of a large and secret organization. His job was to charge straight ahead at the sound of the word mush, and to be quietly grateful at his raw, red reward. But just as a grit of sand can damage an otherwise perfect engine, it was conceivable that a careless phrase written down in these unseen notebooks might beget chaos somewhere down the line.

     When the knock came at the door, Lunceford understood that the glory days of his clandestine literary pursuit were numbered. [click for more]

June 30, 2014
Check out this mix on @8tracks: Exiles by otisblue.

Check out this mix on @8tracks: Exiles by otisblue.

June 30, 2014

Cat Power from otisblue on 8tracks Radio.

Cat Power

June 24, 2014
"The only thing that seemed impossible, and perhaps the only misfortune that could have occurred, would have been that nothing happen."

— Marguerite Yourcenar, A Coin in Nine Hands (1934)

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