Archive for March, 2010

Francis Bacon

March 31, 2010

I first saw one of his pieces a couple of years ago when I visited the Des Moines Art Center. It’s the painting in panel A featured below entitled Study of Velasquez’a Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953). I featured Velasquez’s portrait in panel A to the left of Bacon’s. I was stunned by Bacon’s painting, it blows you away in person. The painting is HUGE and SCARY. It’s one of my favorites because it evokes you to want to run the hell away from it. He did another one that I featured in panel B that’s also awesome called Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion done in 1944. The Irish born Francis Bacon was born in 1904 and passed on in 1992.

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I want this…

March 29, 2010

Pavement’s rerelease vinyl bundle:


It’s only $50 and it inludes all of their LPs and their new Quarantine Greatest Hits album. I want it.
Also check out these pavement videos on Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/tv/#/episode/2132-pavement/1

White Chalk

March 24, 2010

Maybe I’ll just do a PJ Harvey week?

I love this video I found on youtube. I don’t know if “cocoon79” (Denis Mahne?) did the artwork featured in it but I really do dig it especially with this song.
I think this is the same guy and here’s his art site: Denis Mahne

Great stuff, Great song.

The Piano

March 22, 2010

Another PJ Harvey track, I can’t help myself. This video is great, I’m constantly impressed by this woman.

“If you tell a lie, I would still take the blame. If you pass me by, such is shame shame shame”

March 21, 2010

Shame by PJ Harvey

I’ll miss you Mr. Chilton

March 18, 2010


Alex died yesterday of a heart attack at age 59. Check out this article by Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone.

“40 Years of Art and Beyond”

March 17, 2010

I got an email from Iowa entitled “40 Years of Art and Beyond” and took a peak. After looking at some of the pictures, such as this:

I realized that Iowa has gone through some hard times the past couple of years. First, we were hit with a tornado and then a huge flood which overwhelmed the art museum. But, they found away through. Most of the art (which I have heard being boasted as one of the best private collections in the mid-west) was moved to the Iowa Memorial Union and now some of it is featured at Davenport’s FIGGE art museum.
Of the 12,000 pieces of art included in the University’s collection is Jackson Pollock’s Mural featured below:

There’s a new book out now highlighting Iowa’s 40 years of appreciating art called Building a Masterpiece by Abigail Foerstner, journalism professor at Northwestern University and author of James Van Allen: The First Eight Billion Miles (University of Iowa Press, 2007) and Picturing Utopia (University of Iowa Press, 2005).

Old Canes

March 15, 2010

Here’s a couple of tracks from their 2004 release Early Morning Hymns.
Blue Eleanor

Both Falling Bright

Here’s some tracks off of their new album Feral Harmonic, released in 2009 (you can find the album on Saddle Creek Records).
Little Bird Courage

Flower Faces

Look at the packaging for this CD, its beautiful:

The Days of Wine and Roses

March 14, 2010

Here’s the Dream Syndicate performing back in 1984 in Madrid and well Steve Wynn (the vocalist) needs to lay of the Hash pipe a little, but dude this is a great track.

I’d recommend picking up this album, its great and a classic. I’ve heard people coin these guys as a Velvet Underground tribute band, take it or leave it. I’m going to leave it, I think Steve Wynn wrote some great lyrics on this album and was loving guitars and acoustics when synth was in style. He took a different path during the 80s and I respect him for that.

Lake of Fire

March 13, 2010

Lake of Fire is a great song by the Meat Puppets, Nirvana covered it and it was also lovely. The track came off of their 1982 album Meat Puppets II, Nirvana also covered Oh Me and Plateau from this album. Furthermore, the Minutemen did the Meat Puppet’s Lost on their EP Tour-Spiel.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is one of the most original and best albums of the 80s. Of course, Pitchfork agrees with me. Here’s what they posted (which is way better than anything I could write):

Like apple and pie, like bass and balls, country n’ hardcore just go together in that all-American way. Though the Meat Puppets’ second record is often filed under this fusion (and credited as the first to make the connection), there was really a lot more going on here than the “cowpunk” label can account for. The main thrust of the album was more psychedelic, using the claustrophobic tightness of punk and the vastness of Americana as head-metaphors, analogies for two distinct states of being really goddamn freaked out. And, while many of their heirs got the punk part right, few could approximate the huge, haunted spaces that lurk in the darker corners of this album, threatening to swallow even the most manic of the band’s outbursts.” –Brendan Reid