Wednesday, December 24, 2008
"If the alluring moniker used by Megan Remy conjures images of volleyball teams or cheerleading squads, forget it. Not that there's any doubt that Remy--sorry, U.S. Girls--couldn't rise and conquer either challenge.
Like fellow DIY ingenues Sally Strobelight and Inca Ore, U.S. Girls' approach is deceptively ethereal and delightfully haunting; lithe, lysergic gamma rays of keyboard murk beamed over percussive bonk sort of resemble Diamanda Galas reinterpreting Suicide's Red Star. And dig that cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Prove It All Night," done in such an effortless, barbital lush you'd swear the air was filled with mescaline. Guess what? It's not." -Siltbreeze
"In her cover version of The Kinks melancholy anthem 'Days,' U.S. Girls sticks to Albert Einstein's wise maxim 'Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler.' The dirgey clatter of the drums brings to mind images of old steam machines advancing through vast fields where things grow slow and women sing folk songs which are eternal because they are sung from the heart and nothing else. U.S. Girls' voice does this, free from decoration, frills or pretense, mapping the country of the soul with a burning honesty strange in this reality, something we also find in the ballads of Acid Mothers Temple sorceress Cotton Casino." --20jazzfunkgreats.co.uk
CIRCUIT des YEUX
"Haley Fohr aka Circuit Des Yeux. Fohr is also one half of the supremely primitive guitar / drums post - Shaggs teenage femme duo Cro Magnon (not the ESP-Disk wildmen, obviously) and she comes from Lafayette, Indiana. Symphone is a beautifully confusing blossom from the same void that birthed Jandek, Jim Shepard, Adris Hoyos et al albeit cut with some almost Diadal-styled avant confusion (though for some reason it doesn't feel quite so 'conceptual'), hysterically lo-fi recording environs, vibrations culled from the furthest fringes of the 90s underground (Leslie Q et al) and a twist of classy teen - tantrum-into-strung-out-psychosis that can't fail to hit the spot." -Dave Keenan
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Embrace the collapsing economy, give your loved one a vintage pulp paperback: Classic Noir fiction populated with doomed characters spiralling downward into the abyss; Science Fiction filled with an endless parade of future worlds, each more dystopian than the next; Literary fiction masquerading as sleazy expoitation; All bound between lurid , shocking, surreal covers. Prices range from absurdly cheap to unrealistically expensive.
(Richard Powers cover!)
(Richard Powers cover!)
Agatha Christie, The Boomerang Clue
Henry Miller, Nights of Love and Laughter
All titles can be purchased from:
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215 592 1207
Open every day, 11am to 7pm.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Amei Wallach, Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away(Hardback) $29.95 (out of print!)
Kabakov, of the former U.S.S.R, questions and comments on the human experience using debris from his own life. From guitars to newspapers to refuse, Kabakov's installations use basic objects to examine complex issues in ways both humorous and profund. This text includes a catalog of the artist's works, an introduction by Robert Storr, as well as commentaries by Kabakov himself.
East European Modernism: Architecture in Czechoslovakia, Hugary, and Poland Between the Wars (Hardcover) $16.50
Kazimir Malevich: Sumprematism (Hardback), $34.95
Contemporary to Kandinsky, Malevitch is not as well-known, but was a brilliant and controversial abstract painter. Malevich was interested in negating and destroying "the image" in his art through works like Black Sqaure and his White on White series. This extravagant, full-color Guggenheim Museum publication also includes reviews, commentaries, unpublished letters and other writings by and about the artist.
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