Gloria’s Cause Revisited

February 16, 2012

Back in December of 2010 I was part of a stage production that took an abstract look at the American Revolutionary War and American culture in general. Directed by Dayna Hanson formerly of 33 fainting Spells, Gloria’s Cause was a fun and messy assortment of scenes that sometimes appeared to come from nowhere. The show had multiple dancers and actors and a live band that almost all of us performed in. I fulfilled all three roles, some much better than others.

The show was co-presented by Seattle theater On The Boards and they paid for a film crew to document the work. That documentation can be seen at ontheboards.tv.  There’s some small amount of compensation the theater needs for the production work to be cost sufficient so be prepared to pay. I’ve watched the video several times and it’s great; the film crew did a wonderful job!

I’d also like to point out a short feature that appeared on cable TV about us: Gloria’s Cause Short Feature.

And here’s some screen shots from the On The Boards video. Now go watch it!!!

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M.I.A. – When Democracy Comes To Town

February 06, 2012

Young video warrior Maya isn’t the most exciting performer out there and she certainly isn’t someone whose music I turn to, but she and her crew have gone a bit beyond. This new video of hers has a bit more of a kick to it than what I’m used to from her; what makes it interesting to watch, though, is how she has constructed a world that escapes the boundaries of culture. What I mean by that is Maya has given birth to an apostatic abomination that history is threatening to vomit into a wormhole. Actually, this video is so beautiful that I don’t know how to describe it so I will once again shut up.

UPDATE! After doing a little research I’ve discovered that this is no fantasy world; this is the reality of modern Arab life. Witness the following videos and know that find more you need only go to youtube and type ‘arab drifting’ or ‘sandal skating’.

 

 

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Avería – The Average Font

February 04, 2012

Avería – The Average Font.

This is the tale of Averia, her birth, her creation. Averia is a typeface of the utmost modern conventions. She is beautiful in a sense that only those who love the old within the new and the new outside of history can appreciate fully.

Avería – The Average Font

I find her rounded, decayed edges particularly appealing.

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It’s In The Mix! More Good Internet Radio!

January 29, 2012

A Mister Nagoski is streaming from his collection of old 78 records:

78 Vintage Grooves From Around The World…

So far I’ve hung out with a Japanese callgirl, then some syrup-voiced guy from the arabic-speaking world, then I think the next fella was crooning to me from Turkey. Now Lil Wally and his pals have me rockin’ a polka. There’s a great interview with Nagoski at NPR Music.

Then over to South Africa for the Pan African Space Station.
Much more contemporary and coming to you live for half the day (I think) from a bar in Cape Town.

Pan African Space Station…

They’ve been playing hot jazz, dance music, experimental sounds, and all kinds of other fine things for your ears. The station features djs and live musicians (not at the same time as far as I can tell, but I’ve only been listening for a week).

Two very different experiences and both are sonically exceptional! Broadcast this to everyone you know!

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Sound Balloons: The Field Recordings of Mr. L’Roy

January 19, 2012

My dear friend Eugene Fauntleroy is travelling around the world. I know him as an entrepreneur, a dj, a bon vivant; sometimes a dandy, always someone worth engaging with. I recently found that he’s established a Soundcloud page for a set of field recordings he’s creating: http://soundcloud.com/gene-lroy/tracks

There’s quite a few things happening here: Qawwalli vs bhangra (a natural combination); street sounds from Bangkok. My favorite is this track from Kuala Lumpur…

Somehow it appeals to everything I love about street music.

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