1. c’est Moi—Rupa & the April Fishes
2. My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille—Beirut
3. Last Night—Gudrun Gut
4. Demain tu te maries—Biyouna
5. culpa de la luna—Rupa & the April Fishes
6. Le Noir—Nicole Renaud
7. Tashweesh (Interference)—The Kronos Quartet
8. Talibán Del Amor (El Remolón Remix)—Dead Menems
9. Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen—PJ Harvey
10. VCR—the xx
11. Dog Days Are Over—Florence & the Machine
12. Cumbietón Rutero—Axel K Soundsystem
13. Daylight And The Sun—Antony & the Johnsons
14. Skeletons—Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I got silentq's mix, haven't listened to it yet but it looks great :-)
Edgar was such a champ at the vet's office today. I thought he'd be far more stressed out, but he took everything in stride. He also cracked everybody up by taking his own rabies vaccination certificate and putting it in the carrier to bring home. That's our paper collecting boy! Vet agreed with me that he's certainly starting the early stages of adrenal gland disease, so he got some Lupron today and another tiny little deslorelin implant will be winging its way from Australia shortly. I'm glad that the vet and I are on the same page regarding surgery vs medication for adrenal gland disease. Surgery may give a slightly longer life span, but it carries so many attendant risks, plus when the right adrenal gland is the one affected it sometimes can't be removed anyway because it wraps around the vena cava. The implant procedure has minuscule risk associated with it, no recovery period and immediate benefit. So it really seems to me to be the way to go.
Serkis, Cave plan motion-capture Opera
15 February, 2010 | By Mike Goodridge
Andy Serkis, famous for pioneering motion-capture performance in The Lord Of The Rings, King Kong and the upcoming Tintin films, has revealed he will collaborate with musician Nick Cave on a motion-capture movie of The Threepenny Opera. The Brecht and Weill musical play was first performed in 1928 in Berlin.
"It's nice to announce it in its hometown," said Serkis this week. The actor is in town to talk about his bravura performance (pictured) in sexdrugs&rock&roll (Panorama) as the late rock star Ian Dury.
and, more Shane MacGowan related but still includes Nick Cave and sounds awesome,
February 9, 2010
The Pogues' singer Shane MacGowan is to release his star-studded version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' hit 'I Put A Spell On You' on March 1 to raise money for earthquake-stricken Haiti, it has been announced.
MacGowan instigated the recording of the cover version of Hawkins' 1956 song shortly after the devastating earthquake struck on January 12, calling on a number of his musical friends including Nick Cave, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and The Clash's Mick Jones to help out.
The track (which Jones co-produced) will be available to download from IRL Records from March 1. All proceeds will go to the Concern charity, which strives to help the world's poorest countries.
'I Put A Spell On You' also features appearances from The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and Cait O'Riordon.
MacGowan said the track is an appropriate choice for the release because he feels it is a modern day "hymn for hope and love".
- started 2009 with my foot still in pretty wretched shape, but by Feb or March the alcohol injections finally killed off that nerve in the ball of my foot, and slowly I've come to be able to count on my feet to be there for me once again. I still have some resculpting to do (that's really how it feels, like I am rebuilding the way my ankles and feet work) and I'm still not 100 percent pain free but I'm optimistic that to a large degree I can change what nature and nurture dealt me and have strong functional feet again.
- lost a fair amount of weight but more importantly gained a lot of strength in my legs and core. I feel I have a lot more power in my movements now, whether it's dance or yoga or just daily activity. I like this and I am determined to keep it. It's hard work but it's rewarding. On a related note, with the exception of the last two weeks or so, I've been happy with the diet I've created for myself--not diet in the sense of weight loss program, but diet in the sense of well rounded nutrition, food that tastes good and sustains me.
- Danced in a variety of different venues, and in the process have been sounding out what is important to me as a dancer in terms of my goals and ideals. Definitely a work in progress, some lessons are not always so pleasant, but it's part of being an artist.
- Lost my ferret Ianto, but that was tempered by being so glad that we were able to give him a good loving home in the evening of his life. He was such a sweet fellow, with his little Ianto prancing walk. And his loss meant that we were in the right place at the right time to give a home to Edgar, who is quite the endearing character and brings us much joy. Little Sisiutl has stayed a constant, deepening her bonds with me and welcoming the new guy along with us.
- Got a Zipcar membership and started driving regularly again, for the first time since 1995 or so. It's been very freeing and liberating, and nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be. I've enjoyed driving a variety of different cars through Zipcar, and I've equally enjoyed not having the responsibility of car ownership.
- Took the kind of plunge I'd been promising myself I would do for *years* and applied for a new job which represented a step up in my career--and got it! The whole process went so smoothly it was like a dream, and clearly meant to be. I'm very happy in the new job, while grateful for all that I learned in the old job. Executive Assistant may not seem like a glamorous or important sort of career, but trust me, all your companies, non-profits, universities, etc would fall down without talented and intelligent people providing structural support.
- Held Raks Spooki IV--I can't believe it has now happened four times! I made a leap of faith that the market was still there even in this economy and moved to a larger theatre, and my faith was pretty justified. Lots of thoughts for how to run next year's! As always, the variety of creativity and talent on display in the show was humbling to me as the organizer. I'm very proud to be able to put on this show.
- Bought an iPod Classic, which seems like a small thing, but I am loving it so it bears mentioning.
- Set in motion the process of renting regular studio space in a quiet place, something I have been deeply craving for a long time. The studio is part of a small artists' community and I am excited about the synergy of that as well.
Happy New Year, everybody! May the triumphs and joys of the past year continue to sustain you, and may those you have lost live on as beautiful memories within.
I have concluded that this season's Project Runway was not worth the sleep loss it incurred. I did like several of the looks in the three final collections, but even those three designers weren't living up to that level of quality all season. All the interesting people were booted early on. Even this season's mean girl Irina couldn't hold a candle to "I grew up on a tugboat so I make everything out of rope and if you piss me off I'll throw a cat at you" Kenley in terms of entertainment value. And I miss the NYC setting. LA did let them do some interesting things, but I think it also blanded the show down. And the lack of Michael Kors (whom I always think of as "The Duchess" thanks to Project Rungay) and Nina Garcia through most of the season hurt too. Hopefully the next season will be better.
TGIF. And TG no performances this weekend, just relaxing!
The Christmas narrative retold using songs, chants, and instrumental pieces from the countries of the Mediterranean basin: Spain, Italy, and southern France in Europe, but also north Africa and the Holy Land. Works are drawn from medieval manuscripts and more recent folklore and oral traditions. With voices, early instruments of Europe and the Middle East, as well as songs and texts in Spanish, Provençal, Italian, Galician, Turkish and Arabic.
Directed by Joel Cohen.
I saw a few pieces from this a couple of years ago and it was quite beautiful music (Kambriel, that was at the concert for Lebanon that we went to).
All in all, strongly recommended for those interested in Arabic music, Middle Eastern political history and/or women's sociocultural history in the 20th century Arab world. I know I listen to her music differently now, hearing the very real woman behind the voice, and for that alone, the book was well worth the read.
Goth-rocker NICK CAVE stunned revellers at Britain's Glastonbury music festival on Sunday (28Jun09) after he failed to pay tribute to fellow
musician MICHAEL JACKSON - choosing to dedicate his set to late CHARLIE'S ANGELS star FARRAH FAWCETT instead. Hollywood was mourning the death of the blonde siren on Thursday (25Jun09) after she slipped away following a lengthy battle with anal cancer.
But news of her death was quickly overtaken by the sudden passing of pop superstar Michael Jackson, who died from a cardiac arrest just hours after the actress. As the shocking reports reverberated across the globe, Glastonbury organisers insisted the weekend music bash would be dedicated to Jackson.
But there was one rocker at the event who failed to remember the pop icon - Nick Cave confused the crowd at his set by paying tribute to Fawcett, and totally forgetting to mention the Thriller hitmaker. As he took the mic on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, he told fans, "We'd like to dedicate this set to the late, great... Farrah Fawcett."
Good for Mr. Cave, on a number of levels.
I don't know how many times I've heard it, but the intro to I'm A Woman makes the hairs on my neck stand up every time (starts around 3:50).
I met her in the museum of paleontology
And I make no bones about it
I said if you wish to study dinosaurs,
I know a specimen whose interest is undoubted
Trapped in a body that is failing me
Well, please allow me to be succinct
I wanna love you whilst we both still have flesh upon our bones
Before we both become extinct
Like Nick Cave, Jarvis is facing being a middle aged man/rock star through his music. They'd make a great double bill these days, especially with the garage rock influence provided by Albini on Jarvis.
Last night I watched Diary of a Lost Girl, directed by G.W. Pabst and starring Louise Brooks. It was moving and complex--not so much in the plot itself, which was pretty potboiler, but in the work the actors did in portraying their characters silently. Those actors were able to convey so, so much in a simple expression. Similarly, the filmwork was beautiful and in places surprisingly modern. Strong social commentary, again in places surprisingly modern. I often admire silent films as works of art but I don't usually identify deeply with them--Diary of a Lost Girl was a major exception. I dreamed about poor Thymiane last night. Louise Brooks was so luminously tragic yet ultimately a force to be reckoned with. Based on her wikipedia entry, I imagine this film had high personal emotional resonance for her. Highly recommended.
Today I am going to eat everything edible that comes within my reach, plus other items that I go seek out. It is going to be that kind of day. Luckily I have dance class tonight, with a teacher who has been putting us through 15-20 minute shimmy drills at the end of every class ;-)
A lot of fun in Amira Jamal's class last night. We worked on drum solos and different versions of Habbena, one of which was a crazy funky jazzy brassy one by a band called Vagabond Opera. It was so silly you just had to give in to it. Especially if you are nepenthe01 ;-)
I finally caved in, ha ha, and bought a copy of Dig, Lazarus, Dig! And I am pleasantly surprised to find that I quite like it, at least on first listen. It's very garage, glam and no wave influenced, in a roots homage kind of way that suits me fine. I like that the music is more freewheeling than the last few albums, while not quite as freewheeling as say Grinderman. There's also a lot of interesting detail going on in the music that keeps a few tracks from sounding too proggy, a line they otherwise could have crossed. But what I really like most of all is that Nick is finally embracing all aspects of his voice again. Once he started singing lessons, he really turned his back on his former style of singing and became very constrained. He says so himself in interviews. On D,L,D! it sounds like he's come to realize there's a time when a lack of technique is entirely appropriate. This album sounds far more like Nick Cave to me than anything since maybe The Boatman's Call. Not that I haven't liked some of that material, but it's been on an "okay let's see where he's going with this" basis. D,L,D! sounds like he knows where he's going.
Saw Coraline in 3D this weekend and loved it, apart from one subplot that made me feel like I was watching Coraline play a video game rather than doing something important towards moving the plot along, as the subplot did in the book. I refer to the way the ghost children were handled. But I could forgive that, given how stunning the film was overall. According to Neil Gaiman's blog the movie will be leaving the 3D theatres in the US by Friday to accomodate a Jonas Brothers movie, so if you wanted to see it in 3D, you'd better do it soon. And do stay until the very end, for something very pretty :-)
There is a rather awful oil smell permeating our office as work is being done on the heating system. Bleargh.