August 3, 2014
"We find ourselves here on the very path taken by Einstein of adapting our modes of perception borrowed from the sensations to the gradually deepening knowledge of the laws of nature. The hindrances met on this path originate above all in the fact that… every word in the language refers to our ordinary perceptions."

— Niels Bohr, 1928

August 3, 2014
"In a way, Jim Morrison’s life and death could be written off as simply one of the more pathetic episodes in the history of our star system, or that offensive myth we all persist in believing which holds that artists are somehow a race apart and thus entitled to piss on my wife, throw you out the window, smash up the joint, and generally do whatever they want. I’ve seen a lot of this over the years, and what’s most ironic is that it always goes under the assumption that to deny them these outbursts would somehow be curbing their creativity, when the reality, as far as I can see, is that it’s exactly such insane tolerance of another insanity that also contributes to them drying up as artists. Because how can you finally create anything real or beautiful when you have absolutely zero input from the real world, because everyone around you is catering to and sheltering you?"

Lester Bangs

August 1, 2014
Check out this mix on @8tracks: The Costello Show by otisblue.
Even at his most pretentious, my 19-year-old self sometimes hit the nail on the head. For instance, my preview of an Elvis Costello concert at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium quoted The Norton Anthology of English Literature on John Donne (1572-1631): “It is a restless, searching energy that scorns the easy platitude and the smooth, vacant phrase; that is vivid, immediate, troubling.”
Wishing Elvis a happy (and/or vivid, immediate, troubling) 60th on August 24.

Check out this mix on @8tracks: The Costello Show by otisblue.

Even at his most pretentious, my 19-year-old self sometimes hit the nail on the head. For instance, my preview of an Elvis Costello concert at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium quoted The Norton Anthology of English Literature on John Donne (1572-1631): “It is a restless, searching energy that scorns the easy platitude and the smooth, vacant phrase; that is vivid, immediate, troubling.”

Wishing Elvis a happy (and/or vivid, immediate, troubling) 60th on August 24.

July 31, 2014

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

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