So today is Alexis Arquette‘s b-day. So I’d just like to saaaaaaaaaay happy birthday and post a little collage of Alexis Arquette related internet stuff as a little memento to the diva. EEEk! We love you, you’re a fabulous revolutionary!!
Greetings oh patient blog subscribers. For the past month or so I have been missing in action, due mostly to squaring away a new home, hooking up the internet and getting two new jobs. At last my bloodshot eyed minions, I return to the interweb to bring you tidbits of knowledge that will hopefully help make your days a bit richer.
Though I know the summer has been going on for a little bit now, it still feels like it arrived about a week and a half ago. To help you make the very most out of your last month (and a bit more) of summer, I have compiled a list of free music and arts happenings that go through the end of August. So, if you are sulking about not getting to take that little vacation you’ve been dreaming about, don’t fret! Buy some better grass than you’ve been smoking, invest in an easily concealable flask and impress all your friends by taking them to see free awesome music! They will love you a lot for it and you don’t even have to tell them I gave you the idea. Just consider it my consolation for disappearing for a while.
FREE SUMMER MUSIC LIST AFTER THE LEAP
John Daugherity’s solo project Cezanne is worthy of some attention. He excels at guitar/vocals/drums/base and with musical influences such as Daniel Johnston, Jason Lowenstein, Jesus and Mary Chain, Sufjan Stevens, The Aislers Set, Folk Implosion, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Melvins, Front 242, Clinic, Modest Mouse, M. Ward, and Mud Honey… it is easy to see why his album Breaking Bats for Jesus re-imagines the great indie rock and roll of the early nineties. Think Pavement. Think driving around chain smoking. Think 90′s intelligent angst.
Went to the Wiltern tonight; definitely one of the best looking venue’s in Los Angeles, I missed the openers but got there just in time for the headliner. Elbow came out trumpets blaring to much fan fare; part of me thought I had stumbled into a tween concert but a quick look around showed a bunch of drunken adults – wow – I thought, this better be amazing. The first couple of songs were great; the visuals were mesmerizing, moments of ambient rock mixed with straight forward brit pop – they sounded like they were aiming for a poppier version of the beautiful melodies of Radiohead,The Verve, Sigur Ros, Blur… you get the idea. Definitely something I’d put on if I was with my Mom so she’d believe I was a romantic sensible son.
7 Days in the Art World is a great insiders look into the art world every artist and art afficionado that doesn’t have access to millions of dollars nor entrance to the best of the best will love to read. It offers a guide to what is really happening at the top levels of the contemporary art world. Sarah Thornton does a brilliant job navigating readers through auction houses, galleries, behind the scenes looks at artists themselves and the masters programs that are seemingly becoming requirements for young artists to create a name for themselves. Thornton writes from a sociological perspective, freeing the book from artistic pretension. I bought it and finished it a couple days later – a real page turner, I highly recommend adding this to your summer reading list.
Last Friday night I went to the world premiere of BIG BRO/lil bro at the Alexandria in Downtown Los Angeles. BIG BRO/ lil bro was written by Jonathan Ceniceroz and directed by Josh Chambers. Company of Angels presented the play; for those unfamiliar with Company of Angels, they are the oldest non-profit professional theater in Los Angeles; Company of Angels reflects and responds to the richness, diversity and complexity of Los Angeles and I look forward to going to more of their events now that I am based in Los Angeles. For fans of experimental theater, I’d suggest going to go see this play!!
The gist of BIG BRO / lil bro::
Carlos Aquirere, an aging pretty boy from Montebello, leaves his elderly Caucasian lover for a younger man who is even more steely and narcissistic than himself. When the new relationship falters over money matters and role play, the younger couple is lured toward desperate and lethal measures. Continue reading
This past month I had the extreme pleasure of writing the EDITION for the show ANDMOREAGAIN at 2nd Floor Projects in San Francisco curated by Margaret Tedesco. Emily Wilson and Charlene Tan were the featured artists. Emily Wilson showed the two paintings pictured here as well as a few others. Charlene Tan provided the reflective Mylar sculpture.
Here are pictures and video from the show::
Pretty bummed I don’t live in New York right now. This Thursday Chris Garneau will be performing songs from his new album EL RADIO. I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on El Radio yet so check out the previous link for more information about the album. The album came out yesterday. This post is just a heads up to any New York readers. The event is happening this Thursday, July 9th, with Scary Mansion + The Lisps !!
BUY TICKETS :: http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/174
Bay Area::: I’d like to let everyone know a new musician is heading your way – meet Love Leaves. Fans of Debutante, Casey Chisholm, Samuelroy and Brother Bruno will totally be happy!!!! Love Leaves is working on an album. It’s been described by Love Leaves as, “a labor of love.” When I asked how long he’s been working on it, he replied, “hmm, not too long, the album proper, probably like a year or so, i mean, I didn’t decided to make an “album” until this past winter and I’ve been making music for just a few years, but you know, I’ve always loooved it. I went to school for painting and then for poetry and I guess really I thought music is where it’s at. It’s all produced but I have very strong feelings about electronic music, and don’t like people to disown it as genuine.” Continue reading