Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
from there we hit sfmoma for the "new" sculpture garden, but not before checking out the 75th anniversary exhibit. kristin and marie having a good time with the golden beaded curtain.
the exhibit was pretty much the permanent collection moved to the second floor. kristin and i were stoked for the barry mcgee though.
chris johansen, the sunlight of the spirit is the warmth of love. kristin said when she interviewed him that he said the background was all good and positive, but those wooden sculptures were bad.
last up was needles and pins for some 25 cent art. i had wanted to go and check out the latest here when marie and kristin told me about the 25 cent candy machines that dole out art. they got a bunch of drawings that they weren't so happy with. also, takes a little more than 25 cents to get your art if the spiral isn't lined up right. i was not dissuaded to get me one.
i got me a little paiting on a scrap of wood. it's got a silver whale against multi-colored shapes. cost me 50 cents. SCORE!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
there was chocolate chip chilli and some serious egg nog all provided by the host. i brought some glögg (aka swedish mulled wine), which was a hit. it was a reunion of those who were fortunate to have listened to the unreleased sufjan holiday tune and a few newbies. i must say listening to it again with snow still on the sidewalks of brooklyn was magical. alec also told us an enduring story of meeting the man behind the song. when they met after his gig at the bowery this past fall, sufjan said "i love your song" to alec and he returned the compliment. apparently, there were 16 verisons of the song before "the lonely man of winter," and sufjan wrote the song after picking alec's. the song was personally written for him. wow and wow. but best part of the meeting was alec getting to shotgun a tecate with sufjan and his posse. priceless!
from there we listened sans headphones to the track again. it was my guest mollie's first time hearing the tune and alec graciously offered the same personal headphone experience. skullcandy sent alec headphones when he said that he some times didn't have enough to go around. they were most stylish. i was able to take away the lyrical goodness, such as "unicorn and buffalo bags" and "long drives to denver". thanks alec for continuing this intimate tradition.
get your pints and support freddy's. here's hoping the take over will be delayed indefinitely.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
shar's smitten with fanfarlo. they had her heart at cmj. so this tiny desk concert following the heels of their wxpn gig sent me overboard. can they be anymore awesome? ummm yes, check out their advent calendar. enjoy!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
it's a simple close up shot of holly working her soulful pipes against sunbeams. this was not a la blogtheque effort but rather a yours truly production. a new find to add to my already growing web address book.
p.s. good interview with the band on npr's weekend edition too.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
the great thing about crawling on the weekend is that i'm not limited to my lunchtime. we continued onto the gallery strip on 24th (via a stop into printed matter). we met up with bill at zach feuer for some r. crumb action.
hit stellan holm for david levinthal's toy soldier photo exposition. reminds me of my friend mike's photos of shaggy in m.o.m. next door susan inglett had some fun chalkboard art.
we popped into the gagosian for the mike kelly exhibit, which i wasn't really feeling. mel did spot stefan sagmeister there. he is tall. i did like luhring augustine's irreverent object exhibit, with these gems.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Five favorite albums of 2009:
1. The Pet Shop Boys - Yes
Its great pop anthems that I can't get enough of, perfect pop aesthetic and sensibility.
2. Cass McCombs - Catacombs
You saved my life.
3. Smith Westerns - Smith Westerns
These are the coolest kids on the block, be my girl diamond boy.
4. The Oh Sees - Help
This is San Francisco. They've always been a huge support and influence to us, GO SEES!
5. Mariah Carey - Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
Just think this is a solid record and I think Mariah is an underrated artist. I am obsessed with you cause I love you Mariah!
- Christopher Owensthey are playing my hometown on valentine's day/chinese new year at my fav venue gamh. wish i could be there, but if you are so fortunate to be in sf then get your tickets early. they will not disappoint. i know it. can't wait to come home for the hols and hope to have as much fun as these kids below.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
unfortunately, i won't be able to make it to the mason's yard location to see the rest of the hirst pieces. from what is online they seem to be more complex compositions than the crows and skulls that reside in hoxton square. i quite fancy the crows shot down in mid flight. i especially enjoyed the one with the head shot off. not sure what that says about me, but i liked the fragility of life depicted in that moment. i don't think i was suppose to take pictures inside, but i managed this one and immediately exited.
p.s. jac still planning to hit up something on friday.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
friends abroad - diego and kristen met up with me friday night for pints and tunes.
yeah, went to sunday masss and stayed for thw whole thing. wow, brought back memories of catholic school.
kisten and me at the balconey of the tate modern overlooking st. paul's
wow, oh wow! michelle, rich, kristen, ben and hayden were all in tow for this extravaganza. some knife fans, some fever ray fans, and one who knew nothing about the artist. all in all, we all enjoyed the production and the tunes.
the band was always absconded in the darkness with only temporary rhythmic pulses of the lamps and the illuminating netting of lasers. shar was expecting quite the production and she was thoroughly satisfied. the perfect first london concert.